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Porcelain snuff-bottle of double gourd form with two small loop handles on the shoulders, and a gilt filigree metal stopper with an ivory spoon attached. The snuff bottle has a fine white body. There are gourd vines in enamel on a gold brocade ground on the exterior.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 55 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Scriptseal script
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Qing Qianlong nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Qing dynasty, Qianlong reign
Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-1795Room 95 label text:
Gourd-shaped snuff bottle
Jesuit missionaries residing within the Forbidden City brought with them Western technologies such as enamelling glass and introduced Western habits such as sniffing snuff (powdered tobacco flavoured with aromatic substances). By the reign of the emperor Kangxi (AD 1662–1722), taking snuff had become an imperial habit. Chinese craftsmen revelled in the production of miniature works of art and the tiny snuff-bottle form provided a means to demonstrate their skills. This bottle is painted with auspicious gourds and has a Qianlong mark on the base.
Porcelain with overglaze enamels and gold or gilt bronze cover.
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Qianlong mark and period, AD1736–95
Fine white porcelain Snuff-bottle of double gourd form with two small loop handles on the shoulders. Decorated with gourd vines in enamel colours on a gold brocade ground, and fitted with a gilt filigree metal stopper with an ivory spoon attached.
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Object reference number: RRC39168
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