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« on: May 31, 2016, 11:09:43 pm »

World Record Inner Painted Calligraphy Bottles  Ė The Smallest Bottle and The Bottle with the Most Number of Hand-Written Words.


 
Take a closer look! This miniature snuff bottle is standing on an adultís finger! Inside this bottle, there is a poem that is written in a reversed way; by a tiny paint brush, through the small little opening of the bottle and onto the inside wall of the bottle.
The poem is composed by a Song dynasty poet Shao Yong (邵雍),

一去二三里,
烟村四五家。
亭台六七座,
八九十枝花。

Which can be translated as:
I once (1) wondered off into this scenic countryside and before I realized, I have walked down the path for 2-3 miles. I can barely see the village ahead through the mist, there are probably 4-5 houses in there. I can also see 6-7 pavilion in the distance decorated by 8, 9 or maybe 10 branches of flower alongside.


 
On Christmas Day, 2015, this bottle was certified by the World Record Association to be the smallest reversed or inner painted calligraphy bottle. This bottle measured only about 10mm in height and 5mm in width!




 
The artist behind this amazing work is Master Li Ru Chen (李如琛) Ė a 34 years old female artist in inner painting from HengSui City, Chinaís capital city of the Inner Painting Art.







In a short span of about a month time, Master Li Ru Chen again broke the world record in inner painted calligraphy bottle. This time, she managed to write the full text of LaoZi Dao De Ching, a staggering 5806 Chinese characters, into a bottle that is just as big as an adultís palm. The bottle measured 145mm in height, 87mm in width, with a mouth opening of about 10mm in diameter. Each Chinese character in the bottle is so tiny that itís barely readable with a naked eye. No one in history has ever come close to writing so many words in a single bottle.

 







 
Master Li Ru Chen is also well versed in landscape, floral and animal inner painting. Her works are always extremely detailed and carefully drawn out.
 



Master Li came from a poor family, her father worked extremely hard in a local chemical company to provide her and her brother the opportunity to attend school. Master Liís childhood dream is to become a teacher in her hometown of Heng Shui. Unfortunately, the year when she finished her secondary school, there was no intake for teachers. With her dream broken and no other better choice to consider, Master Li enrolled into the Heng Sui art school as an apprentice.




 
In the same year, Master Liís father lost his job and in order to make end meets, he took up a helper job in the kitchen of one of Master Wang XiSan art school. This is where Master Li Ru Chen get to know about inner painting. Subsequently, Master Li enrolled into Wang Xi Sanís school of inner painting and started her journey as an inner painting artist. Master Li married in 2004 and with her earning as an apprentice artist, life was simple but happy. However, in 2005 her father was diagnosed with leukemia and pass on after a year. The passing of her father is extremely sad for Master Li as she had always enjoy the company of her father.





Master Liís father is an art lover and spend his free time drawing and practicing calligraphy. His love of art has profound influence to Master Li and her brother since young. Master Li still remember the time when she and her father will spend time painting the beautiful landscape of their home town together. Master Li also practiced Chinese calligraphy since young and has been given numerous awards from various calligraphy competition.
 

 




Master Li Ru Chen talent is discovered very early in Wang Xi San art school. She was quickly identified as one of the potential artist that can make it to the top and was personally coach by Wang Xi San himself. True enough, with her hard work and careful coaching by the top artists, Master Li gradually become one of the top inner painting calligrapher and her works become very sort after by serious snuff bottle collectors.
 

 



Master Li Ru Chen's effort and talent has been confirmed and rewarded by the high prices that her bottle can fetch in recent auctions. Her work has fetch RMB70,000 in a recent auction in ShangHai. This put her works in a price range of many matured and well known inner painters.
 


Master Li is already a mother of two. It is always a challenge between spend enough time with her family and concentrating on her masterpieces. Luckily, her husband is very supportive of her work and help her with a lot of household chores. When asked about her family. Master Li usual reply will be ďI am very lucky to have a supportive husband, and I do miss the time with my children!Ē
 


Translated from an article published by Yi Ju Art
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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2016, 11:26:25 pm »

Dear Pin,

Interesting and touching story.

Her talent in calligraphy and painting started with his father and bloomed at her generation.

Thank you for this update on an up and coming IP artist.

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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2016, 01:09:03 am »

Dear Pin,

   It is a very interesting article, although I assume the RMB 70K price was for an unusual piece like the largest example described, and not a regular bottle. Otherwise, I won't be able to buy 5 Li Ruchen examples in quartz, as I did in Chicago during the convention in 2015.
   Thank you for posting the article.
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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2016, 01:19:42 am »

Hi Joey :

I believed so...... those are the "Thousand Words Bottle"...... the larger bottles

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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2016, 01:38:47 am »

Hi Pin, thanks for taking the time and effort in posting this article, I enjoyed it greatly. Such skill. Regards Jason.
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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2016, 07:02:02 am »

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Thanks so much for this wonderful article!  Li RuChen's works are truly amazing and her biography is very inspiring.  We should all be thankful that her talent was recognized and fostered.  Let's hope she continues to "push the envelope" in her art and that we see more examples of her work.
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2016, 02:01:04 pm »

Impressive!
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2016, 02:20:17 pm »

Wonderful presentation and story Pin.. Thank you !
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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2016, 03:00:11 pm »

I thought her Kaishu (Standard script) was the best style she could produce,
But now I am enamoured of her Zhuanshu (Archaic script)!
But all her work is amazing.
Thank you again, Pin, for supplying this.
While it is formulaic and a bit trite, like all PRC material,
In this case at least, it is more accurate than usual.
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« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2016, 07:34:45 pm »

Hi All

Glad that you enjoy the article and pictures

Thanks

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« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2016, 12:31:08 am »

Hi Pin,

Thank you for posting this. An interesting and inspirational story. It's hard to grasp the patience and control involved in producing these bottles.

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« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2016, 07:53:41 am »

Thank you for posting this. I enjoyed reading about her art and how she became interested in painting snuff bottles.
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« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2016, 10:05:29 am »

Thank you Pin for the write up you posted.

She is truly a very talented lady !

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