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

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.


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