An inside-painted glass snuff bottle, signed Ma Shaoxian, dated to the yihai year (1935). Estimate $3,000 - $5,000 - Price Realized $12,500 . Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015
One side is decorated with two wrestling black huan below a three-character inscription, shuang huan tu, and the reverse has a lengthy poetic inscription followed by the artist's signature, Ma Shaoxian, the date, and a seal, Shao. 2 ½ in. (6.3 cm.) high, pink tourmaline stopper
Provenance: Belfont Company Ltd., Hong Kong, 1994.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 1684.
Notes: Ma Shaoxian appears to have painted this subject throughout his career. This example is one of the later ones, and exhibits more attention to the flowered ground than earlier versions. For an example of the same subject painted in 1904 see Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, the Mary and George Bloch Collection, Volume 4, Part 2, Hong Kong, 2000, pp. 490-491, no. 626. An example from 1914 is illustrated by Dennis Low in More Treasures from the Sanctum of Enlightened Respect, Hong Kong, 2002, p. 360, no. 325.
For a discussion of the artist, who was the nephew of Ma Shaoxuan, see the note to lot 212.
Christie's. THE RUTH AND CARL BARRON COLLECTION OF FINE CHINESE SNUFF BOTTLES: PART I, 16 September 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza