The present example seems to have taken a comparable design one step further, lending it a virtuosic quality of delicate carving. Denis S.K. Low, More Treasures from the Sanctum of Enlightened Respect, Hong Kong, 2002, p. 64, no. 58, illustrates a bottle of similar shape and with a similar neck of lappets suspending floral drops which link to similar pendants of acanthus leaves descending the corners. However in the Low example, these remain attached to the corners whereas the present example carves them in the round. This idea is elaborated yet further by the so-called 'Flying Acanthus' bottle from the Bloch Collection illustrated by Moss, Graham and Tsang in A Treasury of Chiunese Snuff Bottles, vol.1, p. 284, no.115. Now the acanthus at the corners comprises three delicate loops although the neck has been simplified and carved plain. The current bottle is among the few 18th century examples which the authors compare to the Bloch example.
Another example of the delicately carved Mughal group from the Bob C Stevens Collection is illustrated by Hugh M Moss in Chinese Snuff Bottles, A Magazine for the Collector and Student of Chinese Snuff Bottles, No.4, December 1966, London, p. 35, fig.2. Here the openwork carving is limited to a small handle below the rim and four short legs. Another bottle with openwork in the region of the neck was sold in our Hong Kong Rooms, 27 September 1989, lot 1665, while two Mughal-style bottles are illustrated by Helen White, Snuff Bottles from China, The Victoria and Albert Museum Collection, London, 1992, pl.8, figs.1,2. These are of a much simpler design and lack the highly delicate details which make the present example so outstanding