Lot 229. A carved and molded porcelain 'Landscape' snuff bottle, signed Chen Guozhi, Qing dynasty, 19th century. Height 2 7/8 in., 7.4 cm. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 USD. Lot sold 15,000 USD. Photo Sotheby’s.
decorated with a continuous scene of a rustic dwelling sheltered by trees, by a riverbank with towering peaks and a waterfall in the distance, the base with incised signature reading Chen Guozhi zuo (made by Chen Guozhi).
Provenance: Acquired in Illinois, United States, 1999.
Note: For a discussion on Chen Guozhi, see Hugh Moss, Victor Graham and Ko Bo Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles,The Mary and George Bloch Collection, vol. 6, part 3, Arts of the Fire, Hong Kong, 2008, p. 759, where a similar snuff bottle by the artist is illustrated, no. 1353.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York, 16 sept. 2014