An opaque white glass snuff bottle, Beijing, 1800-1850.

The bottle is carved in relief and painted in ‘famille-rose’ enamels with a dragon chasing a ‘flaming pearl’, a key fret and ruyi head collar around the neck, the base inscribed in red guyuexuan (Ancient Moon Pavilion), 5.9cm.

One of a group of ten snuff bottles 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 and the kiln carried on production until approximately 1850.





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