A stoneware snuff bottle, Chinese, 1820-1900.

The bottle is of ovoid form, carved on each side to depict an egret and lotus rising from water, beneath a cloudy sky.

It is decorated with ‘famille-verte’ enamels and has a matching stopper, 5.2cm.

Carved porcelain wares and snuff bottles are well known, but carved stoneware snuff bottles are very uncommon.

This bottle does not come from Yixing, which was celebrated for its stonewares from the 17th Century onwards, but the quality of workmanship is very high.


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