A glass overlay snuff bottle, Yangzhou, 1850-1900.

The bottle has a pale green overlay on an opaque white ground depicting, on one side, two figures in a log boat and on the reverse, a lady holding a bird in a pavilion window, Yangzhou, 1850-1900, 5.8cm.

During the 19th Century Yangzhou, in the coastal province of Jiangsu, was a prosperous commercial centre which had its own artistic community. Glass overlay bottles in this very distinctive style have been traced to Yangzhou and can be dated with some accuracy.



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