Snuff jar dating
The famous Ye Benqi continued his work and in the 1970’, Ye Zhongsan granddaughter, Ye Shuyin, one of the first woman inside painter, who worked during the Cultural Revolution.
Yan Yutian is another Zhou Leyuan pupil and his works are not expansive in comparison with his great skill. A few bottles are dated 1888 and signed Zhou Leyuan in tribute to his master, but with Yan Yutian seal. Ma Shaoxuan (1867-1939) begins to paint from 1892 onwards and became painter of the Imperial court from 1904.
From the 1990’/2000’, a new school was born with very talented painters that have important skill.
Most of inside painted snuff bottles weren’t made to contain tobacco.The first famous painter of this school is Zhou Leyuan that painted from 1880-1881 onwards. He paints in the Chinese traditional style and his calligraphies are natural and typical.Afterwards, numerous painters copied him and signed from his name but the quality never equaled his skill and his way of writing.Other interesting painters but less famous, worked during this middle period: Bi Rongjiu, Zhang Baotian, Zi Yizi, Sun Xingwu, Meng Zishou, Shou Tian, Zhou Shaoyuan, Shou Leyuan nephew…The modern period: from the 1950/1960’Wang Xisan is the great painter of this period, the father of the modern period painters. He’s still alive but doesn’t paint anymore inside snuff bottles. His most famous pupils are Ye Shuyin, Liu Shouben and Ding Guiling.Wang Xisan paintings are among the most expansive of the inside paintings of all the periods.