This is an excellent late 19th century Chinese snuff bottle, carefully made in difficult colors to produce together. The difficulty is that red and blue together have two different temperatures at which they will color properly, such that any overage or underage of temperature will produce brown or green instead of red, and the blue might also turn black. The old kilns were not electronically controlled, rather were controlled by experience of the master of the kiln. This bottle is far more detailed than the usual fare of the era, and depicts boys bearing tribute among mythical beasts. We've provided a lot of pictures to show detail. Condition: Excellent. There are the usual imperfections in the glaze due to hand manufacturing, and slight wear in certain places due to age. There is no damage, chips or cracks. Top is old style vinyl and what appears to be lampwork glass, and we think was replaced in the twentieth century; these bottles as collectors know are often found without the top, which is easily lost. Price includes domestic and international insured shipping.
Provenance: from a California surgeon's personal collection
Specifications: hand formed and well hollowed thin porcelain, bottle itself measures 80mm tall (3.14 inches)