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Small porcelain porcelain snuff-bottle of cylindrical form. There are multiple insects in underglaze blue and red around the sides and shoulder. Cork surmounted by an ivory stud which is stained red. Auspicious emblem on base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 86 millimetres
Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:
Snuff bottle with insects
Jesuit missionaries residing within the Forbidden City brought with them Western technologies such as enamelling glass and introduced Western habits such as taking 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.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and underglaze copper-red decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800
Small porcelain porcelain snuff-bottle of cylindrical form. Underglaze blue and red with multiple insects around sides and shoulder. Cork surmounted by an ivory stud which is stained red. Auspicious emblem on base.
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Object reference number: RRC40035
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