Meriem Collection Sale One / 620

The Meriem Collection. Lot 620

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With tapering high-shouldered body, flat lip and recessed foot surrounded by a footrim,
finely painted all over with a pair of birds and a butterfly in flight above a garden scene
with a pierced rock amidst pink poppies, bamboo and blue and purple asters, all above a
formal ruyi band at the base and below a bead-hung petal lappet band on the shoulder
and a band of leaf tips on the neck, with an apocryphal, blue-enameled Qianlong four character
mark in regular script, tourmaline stopper
4.6 cm. high

P R O V E N A N C E :
Hugh Moss Ltd.

For a lengthy discussion of this group of enameled wares, produced by the Ye family at Beijing, see
H. Moss, “The Apricot Grove Studio, Part III: Enamelled Glass Wares”, JICSBS, 1985, pp. 116-30,
where similar examples are illustrated. See also Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff
Bottle. The J & J Collection, no. 205 for a discussion of Ye Bengqi’s talents as a copyist.
This bottle represents Ye Bengqi at his best, dating it to the 1930s

The Meriem Collection. Lot 620

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