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Qing Blue White Landscape Snuff Bottle- 2 Rings

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Snuff Bottles: Pre 1900: Item # 361150

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This is another example of a finely painted blue and white snuff bottle with wonderful details. It was done in the tradition of Chinese literary landscape paintings in which you will find an idealized micro-cosmos for the scholar. We have here a traveler waiting for the sampan to take him to a retreat in the mountains. This transference of classic literary painting themes and techniques to porcelain began in the period 1880 to 1920s. And the quality of the details indeed point to that period. In addition, there are ruyi lappets around the neck as well as a double ring inside the bottom. Together with the quality, this tends to indicate a kiln which produced under contract to the old Imperial kilns. Light green composite top with a green bead and well shaped bone spoon. About 3 inches high. Very good condition with no damage.

Note 1. The 100 years 1840-1940 yielded the largest number of high quality Chinese snuff bottles of any category with the exception of the Qianglong era imperial bottles which are on an entirely different level. The specialized artists and craftsmen in Peking and Jingdezhen were able to pass their traditions to disciples continuously during this period. Of these bottles, there is a large quantity of really fine blue & white examples. It is not difficult to develop your eye to see the details which distinguish them from the recent imports.

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Note 2. I prefer the plain double rings without an apocryphal reign mark inside.