Chinese collection

Item LL 9349
view of back of bottle of item LL 9349
detail of text on bottle of item LL 9349

Accession no: LL 9349
Object type: Snuff Bottle
Name: Inside painted snuff bottle
Materials: Rock crystal
Place made: Qimen, China
Date made: Qing Dynasty, 1898
Measurements: H. 6.6 cm

Description: Snuff bottle of flattened pear shape; rock crystal painted on one side with an equestrian and his attendant traversing a stone bridge traveling towards a pavilion nestled within a mountainous landscape, on the other main side painted with a portrait of two horses, inscribed in draft script ‘Painted in the county of Qimen in spring 1898 by Ye Zhongsan, with seal Yin. Stopper with cap of amethyst colour.

Ye Zhongsan (1875-1945) was active in Beijing and was known as a master inside-painter. The figures here are painted with a light touch, particularly in the shading of the garments. The detailed work shows both the mature craftsmanship in handling materials, and high quality in landscape painting and calligraphy.

C. S. Holberton collection; his sale, Christie's, 26 June 1918, lot 133, purchased by Frank Partridge for Lever; £12.1s.6d. (for the whole lot; four bottles); by whom gifted to the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 1922.

R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No. 652.