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).

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