An inside-painted glass snuff bottle
Signed Ye Shuying, circa 1970-1975
of rounded rectangular form, painted with a continuous scene of numerous butterflies hovering above chrysanthemum, the inscription below the shoulder preceded by the seal yin, glass stopper
height 6.9 cm without stopper
from a Dutch private collection acquired prior to the 1980’s
A glass bottle signed Liu Shouben with similar decoration is illustrated by H. Hui in ‘An Addicted Dedication, Chinese Snuff Bottles, Christopher Sin’s Collection’, Vol. II, Hong Kong, 2013, pl. 128. The depiction of numerous butterflies can be associated with the auspicious meaning ‘Happy Day’ (huantian xidi).