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Ye Zhongsan smokey rock crystal bottle.

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« on: June 16, 2017, 11:34:58 am »

A fairly recent purchase of mine.

From a private collection of Chinese and Japanese works of art collected before 1971.

Inside painted smokey rock crystal bottle of flattened rectangular form, painted with 2 figures in a landscape on one side and the reverse with a sleeping figure being watched by another from behind rocks, signed Ye Zhongsan. Coral stopper with stained bone collar and ivory spoon. Height 5.5 cms.

Can anyone help in terms of what the 2 scenes represent. I recall the sleeping figure scene from somewhere but can't remember what it relates to.

Regards, Adrian.


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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2017, 12:04:28 pm »

Congratulations Adrian!
I don't recall ever seeing this theme, but you can check in the Apricot Grove Studio
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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2017, 01:01:39 pm »

Beautiful bottle Adrian , and congratulations !

I have not seen the first scene.. The woman and hat look European.. I will try to find..

The second scene I have seen before.. Again, will try to find..

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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2017, 04:04:47 pm »

Looks like the same 2 scenes appear on a Ye family bottle shown on page 67 of the Apricot Grove Studio, Figure 191.

Sadly no information on what the scenes represent.

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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2017, 07:37:01 pm »

Dear Adrian,

    Could the side with the inscription be "Lady Scholar searching for Plum Blossom in snow"?

Shabbat Shalom,
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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2017, 11:16:43 pm »

Adrian,

I take it this is the bottle you are referring to?

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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2017, 11:33:27 pm »

Way to go Brain !
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2017, 04:08:25 am »

That's the one Brian, thanks.

The reverse is also illustrated.

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« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2017, 07:04:56 pm »

This is the reverse I believe. I can't find any specific information on the imagery. I don't think there is any special meaning to the woman peaking through the rock formation as this appears on many Ye bottles and does not appear to be connected to any specific story. My best guess is that this is a scene from Liaozhai Zhiyi or Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio which looks like a favorite Ye Family subject.

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