A porcelain snuff bottle, 1780-1850, Jingdezhen.

The plain bottle, of flattened form, is covered overall with a robin’s egg glaze of turquoise and blue speckles, 6.1cm.

The Chinese did not prize porcelain snuff bottles as highly as those in other materials. As a medium, porcelain is more suited to larger vessels and it was not thought possible to achieve such a high quality in the small size of a snuff bottle.


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