Jadeite was a much favoured material for the Qianlong Emperor, and during the second half of his reign, the court had access to reasonable quantities of jadeite of various colours, including the enthralling blue jadeite seen on the current snuff bottle. Bottles of facetted form became hugely popular at court starting from the mid-Qing period, and the current bottle is of decagonal form, which is considerably larger than most existing octagonal bottles, giving rise to a more complex form with two extra facets. Each main side has the facets scalloped to represent a stylised flower, possibly a chrysanthemum in reminiscent of a blue blossom. A similarly facetted blue jadeite snuff bottle, possibly made from the same set due to their similar sizes, is illustrated in Hugh Moss and Stuart Sargent, The Water Pine and Stone Retreat Collection of Snuff Bottles. Part One. Imperial Influence over the Snuff Bottle Arts, e-yaji.com, no. 31.4.135.