The artist and their Masterpieces










About the Artist

Li Ru Chen (李如琛), Female, Born in 1981

Li Ru Chen (李如琛) has taken part in many calligraphy competitions since her school days. She has been awarded many prizes in the China National Youth Calligraphy competition in various occasion. Ru Chen enrolled into the Heng Sui School of Art in year 2000 and completed her training in 2003. After graduation, she was trained by Mr Wang Guan Yu (王冠宇). Ru Chen was also trained personally by the legendary grand master of inside painting, Mr Wang Xi San (王习三). Ru Chen also graduated from the He Bei Art College in 2005 and spend the next year in the National Chinese Calligraphy Society. She completed her specialized study on Chinese calligraphy in 2006.

Li Ru Chen subject of painting include, landscape, portrait and animals. However, it’s easy to realize that what differentiate Li Ru Chen is her outstanding ability in Chinese calligraphy inside painting. Li Ru Chen is among a very limited pool of inside painter that can write over 5,000 Chinese character in a bottle. Some of her record breaking masterpieces are the Dao De Jing (道德经) and the Buddhism Sutra Jin Kang Ban Ruo Po Luo Mi Jing (金刚般若波罗蜜经). In those bottles, each of her hand written Chinese character measured as tiny as 1 millimeter in size. Ru Chen also write many famous poem and Chinese classical text like the Lan Ting Xu (兰亭序) and the Jiu Cheng Kong (九成宫). Li Ru Chen has dominated the Gold medal award of the Wang Xi San Inner Painting Competition, Calligraphy Section, since 2007. Below are her awards and accolades that she won over the years :

2007 - Awarded Gold medal in the 2nd Wang Xi San Inner Painting Competition in the Calligraphy Section with her work titled “A Thousands Word”

2010 - Awarded Gold medal in the 3nd Wang Xi San Inner Painting Competition in the Calligraphy Section with her calligraphy of Dao De Jing

A Sunny Afternoon with Beer and Snuff Bottles

A Sunny Afternoon with Beer and Snuff Bottles

A Sunny Afternoon with Beer and Snuff Bottles

Take a carefree, sunny afternoon in Singapore, add a couple of beers plus 40-50 inside painted snuff bottles from the old master like Ye ZhongSan to modern master like Zhang Yong and Lee RuChen. You will get a fantastic art appreciation afternoon that every art lover will remember.

Recently, that’s an afternoon I spend with J.R. and his friend Prisca. They are holidaying in Singapore and decided to meet up to see my snuff bottles. Snuff bottles are a microcosm of all the arts of China, its jewel-like quality: small, beautiful, intricate and ease to handle makes them a unique artifact that you can hold in your palm to enjoy and appreciate.

For the meeting, I brought along master pieces from Ye ZhongSan, Wang XiSan, Chen RunPu, ZhangYong and Lee RuChen. We lined up the bottles according to the year that they are painted and admired the progression of different painting techniques, from bamboo tip brush to modern painting tools, used by masters of different era. It was definitely a feast for the eyes !

Prisca is a creative ceramic artist from Indonesia and she shared a couple of her beautiful creation with different modern glazing and firing methods and techniques.

At the end of the day, we enjoy ourselves talking over art and our collections of snuff bottles. J.R. also walk away happily with some great snuff bottles at an unbeatable price………

J.R. Hope that you will always enjoy those beautiful bottles that you brought home! THANKS for the Afternoon!



It was a pleasure to meet you and spending time together regarding the snuff bottles.  Your collection you shared was very nice indeed!

I look forward to getting the narrative for each bottle, when you get an opportunity.  It was an unexpected surprise to get the calligraphy bottle!  I forgot to ask what style of script it was?

I’m truly thrilled with all the bottles!  Additionally, thank you for the presentation boards and individual boxes.




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