AN ENAMEL ON WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
- Enamel and glass
- height 2 1/8 in., 5.4 cm
Patrick K. M. Kwok, 'The Joe Grimberg Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles', Arts of Asia, November-December 1993, p. 93, no. 9.
Wang Xisan was taught the art of enamelling by Ye Bengqi, along with the art of painting inside bottles. He used the same technique of enamelling as Ye, first sketching the outline in black enamel and then applying layers of thinly colored enamels to build up levels of strong, vivid color. Wang did not produce a large number of enamel snuff bottles as he began to focus on the One Bottle Studio and became a teacher himself. His working period for enamels spanned a short period of time from 1962-1965.
The majority of enamelled bottles by Wang Xisan follow the style of his teacher. It is exceptionally rare to find an example painted with a landscape. A bottle of similar shape and design is illustrated in Hugh Moss, Chinese Snuff Bottles, London, 1976, p. 122-123, no. 281. Another Wang Xisan bottle of similar style is in The Crane Collection, www.cranecollection.com, no. 372.