A porcelain snuff bottle, Chinese, 1820-1860.

The bottle is carved with a figure in a sampan in a continuous mountainous riverscape, and decorated in ‘famille-verte’ enamels.

The base is incised bingrong zhi, meaning made by Bingrong.

By Wang Bingrong, Jingdezhen, 6cm.

It was unusual for a Chinese craftsman to sign his work, but craftsmen at a number of private kilns in Jingdezhen during the 19th Century departed from this rule.

Wang Bingrong was one of the best known of these craftsmen, specialising in small objects, including snuff bottles, for the scholar’s table.




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