512
512
AN ENAMELLED WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE 
ATTRIBUTED TO WANG XISAN, 1960s
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 137,500 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
512
AN ENAMELLED WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE 
ATTRIBUTED TO WANG XISAN, 1960s
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 137,500 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Chinese Art, including Snuff Bottles and Jades from an Old Hong Kong Family Collection

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Hong Kong

AN ENAMELLED WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE 
ATTRIBUTED TO WANG XISAN, 1960s

Provenance

Y.F. Yang, Hong Kong, 21st March 1972 (HK$6,000).

Catalogue Note

The current bottle, exquisitely enamelled with a scene of butterflies hovering over flowers, a motif for courtship and love, is likely to be one of forty enamelled bottles created by Wang Xisan in 1964. The composition of the landscape and the precise articulation of the enamelling closely matches that on another enamelled bottle by Wang Xisan illustrated in Hugh Moss, Victor Graham and Ka Bo Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, the Mary and George Bloch Collection, Volume 6, Hong Kong, 2008, pp. 273-275, where the authors note that, learning from his teacher Ye Bengqi, he used stocks of enamels held since the eighteenth century in the Forbidden City, Beijing. This accounts for the similarity to original Qianlong enamelled bottles.

The reason that he used apocryphal Qianlong marks, as opposed to his own signatures on his inside-painted bottles is that this was a standard ‘trade’ mark requested by Chinese Arts and Crafts Corporation. The aforementioned bottle was sold at Bonhams Hong Kong, 28th May 2010, lot 52. See also another example from the collection of Ruth and Carl Barron, sold at Christie’s New York, 13th September 2017, lot 224.

Chinese Art, including Snuff Bottles and Jades from an Old Hong Kong Family Collection

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Hong Kong