A quartz snuff bottle, Chinese, 1750-1820.

The bottle, of bulbous form, is of translucent honey chalcedony.

This has been carved on one side, to depict two dogs gambolling near an outcrop of serrated rockwork, and on the other, a bird and two dragonflies, 6.3cm.

The carving has movement and vitality, with an air of lightness, due to the very complete hollowing out of the bottle.

It also demonstrates the skill of the craftsman in using the natural occlusions within the material to depict a scene.


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