A three colour lacquer snuff bottle, Qianlong, (1736-1795).

The bottle is carved to depict nine cinnabar red lions biting at black tasselled balls on an ochre ground between black ruyi headbands and with a matching stopper, 6.3cm.

Three colour lacquer snuff bottles are exceptionally rare. A small number of such bottles were made in Japan between about 1860 and 1920, but this bottle is undoubtedly Chinese, 18th Century and attributable to the Beijing Palace Workshops.

REFERENCE: CSBO 27

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