This is an exceptional example of a small group of superbly carved lacquer and ivory snuff bottles made in Japan between about 1860 and the early-twentieth century discussed under lot 39. For other examples of the group, see B. Stevens, The Collectors Book of Snuff Bottles, no. 1018 (ivory), no. 753 (two color lacquer), no. 757, (two color lacquer and ivory); Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, nos. 314-317 (lacquer); Chinese Snuff Bottles in the Collection of Mary and George Bloch, no. 354 (lacquer and ivory), and no. 355 (two color lacquer).