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AN EARLY INSIDE-PAINTED ROCK CRYSTAL SNUFF BOTTLE Gan Xuanwen, Lingnan, 1810-1825 Signed Gan Xuan and with the hao Gugang yuzhe

2021年09月21日 开拍 / 2021年09月19日 截止委托
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AN EARLY INSIDE-PAINTED ROCK CRYSTAL SNUFF BOTTLE Gan Xuanwen, Lingnan, 1810-1825 Signed Gan Xuan and with the hao Gugang yuzheExtremely well painted in ink and muted tones, one main face with a mountainous river landscape, a scholar and attendant crossing a bridge beneath a pine tree in the foreground below the signature Gan Xuan, a well-written clerical script poetic inscription on the reverse face followed by the sobriquet Gugang yuzhe; stopper. 2 3/8in (6cm) high 注脚 1810-1825 甘烜文 嶺南 水晶内畫山水高士圖鼻烟壺 《甘》《烜》《古岡魚者》款Provenance:Alice B. McReynoldsSotheby's, New York, The Alice B. McReynolds Collection, Part II, 16 April 1985, lot 174 Exhibited:International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society Convention, Waldorf Astoria, New York, 5-9 November 2013, no. 32Gan Xuanwen used a variety of names on his extant bottles. He adopted a number of hao, or literary aliases, including several which relate to his place of birth, as in our example Gugang yuzhe (fisherman of Gugang). Association with the country pursuits of fishing and wood-cutting or gathering are typical literati affectations to link themselves with the simple life of the farmer and at distance from the intellectual rigors of the scholar.For other similar Gan Xuanwen bottles with landscape scenes, see Bonhams, Hong Kong, Snuff Bottles from the Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part I, 28 May 2010, lot 34; Bonhams, Hong Kong, The Paula Braga Collection, 24 November 2012, lot 87; and another in Bonhams, New York, 12 September 2016, lot 9108.The Manfred Arnold Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles Born in the industrial North Sea port city of Wilhelmshaven, Germany in 1938, at a traumatic time in world events, Manfred Arnold spent his youth in this Lower Saxony region. He entertained the idea of becoming an artist, but his father persuaded him otherwise. He graduated cum laude from business school and entered the business world with a German shipping company. The deciding factor in his decision, he recalls, was the promise, if he succeeded in the position, that he would be able to see the world, in effect, at the company's expense. In 1963 Manfred boarded a company ship and left for America to work in the ship-owner's New York branch. In December of that same year, he met his lovely future wife, Susan. He also began to paint again after a lengthy hiatus and won first prize in a painting competition in Massachusetts. The following year, Manfred accepted a position, in the far-flung branch of a shipping company in Tokyo taking a company ship via stops in Peru and Chile. That company ship was serendipitously owned by an early ISCSBS member, Thomas C. van Nuys. It was in Tokyo that Manfred saw his first snuff bottle. He briefly met Bob C. Stevens, one of the early giants in the field of snuff bottle collecting. Susan, who had already accepted Manfred's marriage proposal, joined him in Tokyo and the marriage ceremony took place in late November (figs. 1 & 2) They travelled around Japan together immersing themselves in the culture and great food. In the late summer of 1965, Manfred returned by company ship to New York via the Philippines. In mid-1966 when strolling on Fifth Avenue, Manfred noticed a selection of snuff bottles on display in a shop window and was deeply attracted to an inside-painted bottle by the talented young living artist Liu Shouben (b. 1943) and purchased it. This started his love and addiction for inside-painted specimens, which dominate his collection. He particularly focused on the works of Ma Shaoxuan (1867-1939). Manfred began to build a worthy snuff bottle library. His first book purchase, like many, was Bob C. Steven's ground-breaking Collector's Book of Snuff Bottles, which he still considers a 'bible' in the field. He used this as a template for his own collecting habits, even securing three bottles illustrated in the famous publication, and offered in this sale. Another small treasure, discovered in a London bookstore on another strolling excursion is a rare 1840 First Edition "A Pinch of Snuff" 'anonymously 'authored' by 'Dean Snift of Brazen-Nose' – a play on snuff taking and the Oxford college, which perhaps, the author attended (figs. 3 & 4). Manfred judiciously sought advice from auction houses and numerous dealers, which included Robert Hall, Robert Kleiner, The Yang Family, Clare Chu, Ning Wang, myself, and of course, the doyen of the snuff bottle world, Hugh M. Moss. His collecting expanded into all fields of the snuff bottle genres, from enamels, glass, hardstones, organic and ceramic wares, whilst maintaining an avid interest in inside-painted examples. He finally left the German shipping company to work with an Anglo-American bank on a special ship finance project which once again took him on a circuitous world journey including stays in South Africa, South Korea and India and concomitant visits to Indonesia, Greece, Egypt, Norway, Sweden, London, Brazil and more. In 1980, while working for an American agricultural producer, Manfred spent a month in Shanghai and Beijing on a shipping project. On many of his trips abroad to London, Singapore Hong Kong and China, Manfred purchased a variety of snuff bottles. Before his retirement in 1985, Manfred worked closely with a Chinese ship owner running a fleet of approximately 35 commercial cargo ships. In his 'retirement' he became a full-time and successful maritime arbitrator, served five terms as the president of the Society of Maritime Arbitrators, Inc. New York and continues his arbitration practice to this date. On one of his Singapore trips for a maritime arbitration conference, Manfred was lucky enough to be able to see Denis Low's astounding snuff bottle collection. To him it was the most impressive collection he had ever seen and left a long-lasting impression of what collecting of snuff bottles could be. ? Manfred and his wife Susan have been married for 57 years and have two daughters, Heidi and Kirsten, their images gracing the interiors of two inside-painted bottles commissioned from the 'One Bottle Studio' in Beijing in 1993. Whilst they have agreed to give the next generation of collector's the opportunity to buy a myriad of fine examples from their collection, Manfred and Susan have no desire to part with these two gems, which will remain in their safe keeping. A bottle which holds perhaps the most significance and sentimental value for this father of two, is a superb example by the famous contemporary artist Liu Shouben, based on a painting he commissioned in 1979 from the Shanghai-based artist Guo Ying, depicting two chicks reversed by a dedication to his wife Susan. It will also steadfastly remain in the family (figs 5 & 6). We are proud to offer this collection featuring his fine inside-painted bottles here in this sale, the first of two parts.


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