A mother-of-pearl snuff bottle, 1850-1900.

The bottle, in the form of a balimbing fruit, is made in sections with natural pearls at the foot and section joints, a foliate scroll at the neck is inlaid with coral and kingfisher feathers, with a matching stopper, 6cm.

The inlaid feather on the neck is typical of 19th Century Beijing court taste and the rarity of the pearl material is an additional pointer to the court as the original source of this bottle.

REFERENCE: CSBO.57

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