An opaque white glass snuff bottle, Chinese, 1750-1850.

The bottle is carved in relief and painted in ‘famille-rose’ enamels.

It is decorated with a continuous design of lotus leaves, flowers and buds and the base is inscribed in red with the three character guyuexuan mark, 5.6cm.

This is one of a group of ten snuff bottles, examples of an extremely rare type, which are one of the great glories of the Burghley Collection.

The group was probably made in a private kiln established in Beijing around 1770 to cater for the increased demand of the Palace.

The kiln carried on production until approximately 1850.


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