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A Fine Engraved Ivory Snuff Bottle Signed Ma Zhunxuan (Ma Chun-hsuan)
Dated the second summer month of kui-wei 1883 or 1943 - 20th Century

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The bottle of a flattened tapered rectangular form below slightly curved shoulders and a square neck, standing on a flat base.

Nicely engraved to both sides.

The face depicting two females standing on a terrace before a hilly landscape, below an inscription, date, signature and seal to the shoulder.
The inscription reads; 'The hills are green in Spring whilst the water is cold in Autumn'.

The reverse with a finely engraved and carefully spaced inscription consisting of approximately five hundred and seventy five minute characters. The passage is an exerpt from the 'Four Books' - an integral part of Chinese classical literature relating to philosophical and political thinking.

Coral and glass stopper.

Very minute chip to left hand face edge

Very minute chip to reverse inscription, almost imperceptible

Measures 2 1/4" ( 5.7 cm ) high (including stopper)


PROVENANCE; Michael & Elizabeth Kaynes.

Provincial auction house sale, United Kingdom, March 2008.

'Michael and Elizabeth Kaynes are amongst the most highly regarded of snuff bottle collectors and their contribution to the study and understanding of these items is recognised by all those involved in the snuff bottle world today.

Michael worked in Hong Kong from 1962 and was ideally placed to take advantage of the ready supply of snuff bottles in Hong Kong at this time.'

notes taken from the original sale catalogue





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