A glass overlay snuff bottle, Chinese, Yangzhou, 1850-1950.

The bottle has a sapphire blue overlay on an opaque white ground, depicting the Eight Horses of Mu Wang, with a herdsman in their midst, and a short seal inscription on the shoulders, 8.4cm.

During the 19th Century, Yangzhou, in the coastal province of Jiangsu, was a prosperous commercial centre with 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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