A snuff bottle of cylindrical form with rounded shoulders and a raised footrim, depicting two cavorting dragons chasing a flaming pearl over roiling seas, all on a crackle ground. It's important to point out the crackle ground glaze is deliberate, it is not crazing. The fierce looking dragons are crafted from iron red and iron black outlines, one with overglazes of green, yellow and pale blue, the other almost exclusively in iron red. Shell and jasper top. Remarkably, other than a few tiny marks, the bottle shows little wear for its age. A superb example of this type of snuff bottle. Dragons are four clawed; five clawed dragons would have been reserved for imperial wares only during the production of this bottle. C1800-1900, Qing dynasty, Jiaqing through Guangxu periods, but based on my experience as a collector I believe Daoguang period, mid 19th century.
Condition: Excellent. There is some roughness to the footrim, but it is very even and provides solid, level footing. Colors are vibrant with little to no little wear. No damage, some glaze spots from the old kilns. Provenance: from an Asian collector in California, and my private collection.