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Subject:Help With Signature Inside Painted Glass Snuff Bottle "100 Boys"
Posted By: Kevin Donnelley Fri, Oct 13, 2017 IP: 173.2.228.164

The interior of the compressed bottle painted with continuous children at play scenes.
Titled " One Hundred Boys" by the last row of characters to the right. And, I am hoping one of the Chinese experts might offer a translation of the rest of the calligraphy.
H: 2 1/2"; 6.35 cm
Mouth Diam: .87cm

Thank you for looking

Kind regards
Kevin







Subject:Re: Help With Signature Inside Painted Glass Snuff Bottle "100 Boys"
Posted By: Bokaba Sun, Oct 15, 2017

This is a c. 1970s tourist trade snuff bottle. I can't speak to the characters, but they may have a date. I included a couple of pictures of 19th Century children playing from the Bob Stevens book.

Bokaba





Subject:Re: Help With Signature Inside Painted Glass Snuff Bottle "100 Boys"
Posted By: Kevin Donnelley Mon, Oct 16, 2017

What I have learned since the 1st post is that the bottle was made by a Ji school graduate. The school was started by the master Wang Xisan in 1968
Only graduates of the school could sign their works
The 2nd seal which is the personal one is known to some but remains unidentified

Subject:Re: Help With Signature Inside Painted Glass Snuff Bottle "100 Boys"
Posted By: Rat Tue, Oct 17, 2017

The second seal reads 印, which simply means "seal". It's quite generic and common on snuff bottles and porcelain.

Subject:Re: Help With Signature Inside Painted Glass Snuff Bottle "100 Boys"
Posted By: Kevin Donnelley Wed, Oct 18, 2017

Thank you for the information - is there any background information on the use of the generic seal?

Any guess on an interpretation of the calligraphy?

Many thanks

Subject:Re: Help With Signature Inside Painted Glass Snuff Bottle "100 Boys"
Posted By: Bill H Thu, Oct 19, 2017

The second line at the right of the inscription has a cyclical date of 'Yihai san' (乙亥三), possibly meaning the third month or March in that year, which last came around in 1995. The third line starts at the top apparently with '宇' (yu), meaning room or universe, possible a given name. The last character in the same line is 作 (zuo), meaning done by". I draw a blank on whatever is in the middle.

Best regards,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: Help With Signature Inside Painted Glass Snuff Bottle "100 Boys"
Posted By: Kevin Donnelley Mon, Oct 23, 2017


Every piece to the puzzle helps! Thanks Bill

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