The artist and their Masterpieces




About the Artist

Zhang Ya Hong (张亚红), was born in 1983 in He Bei, Rao Yang County (河北省饶阳县). Zhang Ya Hong started her apprentice training in snuff bottle inside painting with Master Zhang Da Yong (张大勇) in year 2000. She specializes in painting figurines described by various classical text and poem from the Chinese literature.

Zhang Ya Hong has a special way of expressing herself. She likes to paint in such a way that her art work is like a collection of events for her subject matters. This made her work looks like a pictorial story book. One can spend hours looking through the bottle just like studying a history book and recollecting important events that had happen in history.

Zhang Ya Hong is very advantageous in her drawing. She has practiced various painting techniques from many masters and incorporate the techniques into her painting. Through the years of experimenting, she has build a solid foundation in painting figurines. Ya Hong unique way of painting; poetic, expressive and full of brilliant colours that captured the inner feeling of the character she painted sets her apart from other artist.

More that 5 of her masterpieces are documented in the recent publication of the Chinese Inside Painiting, Arts of the Ji School. The book was written by Wang Xi San Son, Wang Zhi Yong, who is a top class inside painting artist himself. (Note : Two of her work publish in the book are currently in our collection: Passer-By (風塵過客) and The Romance of the Red Mansion (紅樓夢))

Her representative works are Passer-By (風塵過客), Kong Zhi (孔子), Childhood (童趣), Dao (问道) etc.

Zhang Ya Hong is currently in the committee of Heng Shui Inner Painted Snuff Bottle Society and also a member of the Professional Snuff Bottle Committee under the Chinese Artist Association.

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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