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 on: February 01, 2023, 02:26:44 pm 
Started by rpfstoneman - Last post by Joey
John, I know it was for the previous bottle, not the one with the inscription.
But the plain bottle looks like archaic Jade.
When you have it in hand, does it look like glass or like it is imitating Jade?
And if so, Vince Fausone might be interested.
His special interest is in glass imitating other materials.

 on: February 01, 2023, 08:30:12 am 
Started by samsonlzj - Last post by Joey

   I thought that the top right character was 'Ren' [Man];
but looking again, I am not sure there is not a further stroke or two to the left of the 2 stroke
character I identified as 'Ren'.
That's me for translation...

 on: February 01, 2023, 08:28:29 am 
Started by antiquecollector9 - Last post by George
Welcome to the forum !

I have never heard of an artist named Yue Tongke. I like the paintings. The style is something can't quite say I that have seen before. The artist is familiar with traditional painting style as can be seen by the way he painted the rocky peaks in the foreground, the hut, and everything is nicely proportioned throughout the entire river mountain landscape side of the bottle.

The junks (boats) and pavilions on the front are also very nicely painted and also well proportioned.

A clue to who the (Beijing?) artist or shop is would be in the seal. I did a little searching but no luck finding it. Perhaps one of our Chinese members can identify that for you.

It is a very nice bottle. It may have been painted "for" Yue Yongke instead of "by".

 on: February 01, 2023, 07:32:40 am 
Started by samsonlzj - Last post by bambooforrest
I just took this bottle out of the Gump's box that probably held it for many years. Smoky quartz [53mm] carved on both sides with the "iron brush" technique. Maybe Richard can help with the translation.

 on: February 01, 2023, 07:22:23 am 
Started by rpfstoneman - Last post by bambooforrest
Richard, thanks for the translation. Joey, the stained glass description is for the previous bottle.

 on: February 01, 2023, 02:59:00 am 
Started by rpfstoneman - Last post by Joey
To change things up a bit I am posting this example. Stained glass [53mm] of jarlet form with mask handles. Museum mark on the bottom.

Dear John,

    I'm confused.
Is this Glass imitating Jade?
I assumed it was Jade when I first saw the photos!

 on: January 31, 2023, 08:38:30 pm 
Started by rpfstoneman - Last post by richy88
Hi John

The inscription on the first photo reads: "the prescription for youth came from the sea". The two characters at the end are Dan Ting, which means red pavilion.

The inscription on the side is happiness.

And the last inscription is "there is an elixir in the bottle", with the two characters, Shou Quan which means the spring of longevity.

For your reference.



 on: January 31, 2023, 07:59:01 pm 
Started by antiquecollector9 - Last post by antiquecollector9
Hi, and thanl you for letting me join the fun.

I usually sell and/or collect Chinese porcelain and similar objects. Usually I'm not good with snuff bottles. so...

If I'm not mistaken, the characters on the back reads,

"By Yue Tongke in Beijing, Dated in the Spring of Bingchen Year, Corresponding to 1976"

trying to find something about the artist but with no good luck. Any help will be of much appreciation.

my insta is by the same name if anyone wants to see some of the pieces I have or used to own, thank you and have a great day!!

 on: January 31, 2023, 01:48:12 pm 
Started by Fiveroosters aka clayandbrush - Last post by Joey
Another Beauty, John.

 on: January 31, 2023, 01:46:23 pm 
Started by rpfstoneman - Last post by Joey
Great find,

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