Chinese Snuff Bottle
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Chinese Porcelain snuff bottle of flask form with short thick neck, well painted in famille rose colours with a continuous landscape containing figures, one side in boats on a river, the other before a house with distant figures, probably a scene from the ‘Western Chamber’ opera.
6- character zhuanshu script mark,
suggesting Tongzhi (1862-1873)
but probably early Guangxu (1874-1908)
7.5cm high, 6.8cm wide
minor wear only, the gilt rim with an original iron spot to glaze incorporated in the goldwork
The painting compares very well to verified Tongzhi pieces, and the colours conform; however, there was a trend at the beginning of the next emperor’s reign, Guangxu, to ‘back-date’ pieces, and as they are a mere decade later, the differences are few. The mark on this piece is unusual and may contain errors, suggesting the slightly later date , circa 1880’s.