A most unusual little snuff bottle. It is Famille Rose and 18C. It is quite small and has an unusual nautical motif on both sides. I am surmising that it had probably belonged to someone engaged in a maritime pursuit.
On one side are a man and woman, or two men, with a child on a traditional hongtou (red-head) sampan. The origin of such a boat would be Shanghai. The seas look quite turbulent in this scene which is unusual considering these boats were only used in and around harbours to avoid such seas.
The other side shows a man and, I think, a woman. she is holding something - possibly a child. Once again rough seas.
On the sides are waves, one side calm, the other wild. The paint is rich on the sides but has worn more on one side than on the other - please look at all the pictures. The addition of brass at the top would most likely have been added at a later date. The spoon is red, painted, possibly to match the sampans. It has a hardstone top. As in so many snuff bottles it is impossible to say if the spoon and top are original. So, I won't.
I think that this little bottle is telling a story, perhaps pertinent to the owner. It weighs 1.5 ounces, 42.5 grams, and is 2.25 inches high, 5.75cms. it is well hollowed.
This is for the collector of the unusual. Thank you for looking.
International shipping only to countries where it can be tracked. I, unfortunately can no longer send USPS priority express international. Cannot count on them to track. I'm sorry about this.
18C Famille Rose Fisherman's snuff bottle