A snow flake glass snuff bottle with multi-coloured overlays, Chinese, 1800-1900.

This unusual bottle, of rectangular form, represents the first stage in the overlay process.

The snowflake body has been applied with splashes of molten glass in various colours and normally, these colours, once set, would have been carved in cameo style right down to the white body, with a chosen design, 7.9cm.


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