The bottle is carved in relief and painted in ‘famille-rose’ enamels.
On one side is depicted a branch of flowering prunus and a peony blossom and on the other, narcissus and chrysanthemum, 5.7cm.
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.