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

The bottle is carved in relief and painted in ‘famille-rose’ enamels with a dragon chasing a ‘flaming pearl’, its body curled around the sides and picked out in pink on a green wave ground.

There is a key fret and ruyi head collar around the neck; the base inscribed guyuexuan (Ancient Moon Pavilion), in red 5.9cm.
Made in Beijing.

This is 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.

The kiln carried on production until approximately 1850.


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