The first, pebble-form bottle, 1820-1850, is decorated with a continuous landscape containing a scholar and attendant carrying a wrapped qin, the reverse with a bridge and a blossoming prunus tree. The second bottle is molded, 1874-1908, one side has raised decoration of a seal face reading Xunyangling yin ('Seal of the Xunyang prefect') and a censer, the reverse is decorated with a lady riding a tiger and wielding a sword, with a two-character se e mark to the base in iron-red.
2 ½ and 2 ¾ in. (6.4 and 7.4 cm.) high, glass and stone stoppers
First bottle:
Robert Kleiner, Belfont Company Ltd., Hong Kong, 1994.
Asian Art Studio, Los Angeles, 2012.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5313.
Second bottle:
Robert Hall, London, 2006.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 4318.

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A related bottle decorated with an identical raised seal but in underglaze blue is illustrated by Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, the Mary and George Bloch Collection, Volume 6, Part 3, Hong Kong, 2008, p. 886, no. 1421.

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