For another bottle of more slender shape painted with cats amidst flowers, see Hugh M. Moss, Chinese Snuff Bottles, London, 1970, Catalogue, p. 67, pl. 271.
Another Guyuexuan-marked bottle of similar type but again of more slender shape painted with a cricket amidst flowers and beet was offered at Christie's, New York, 22 September 1995, lot 344. For a similar bottle with Qianlong mark attributed to the Palace Workshops, see Christie's, Hong Kong, 31 October 1995, lot 1860.
The word for 'cat' and 'octogenarian', mao, are phonetically close. The cat and the butterfly (butterflies symbolize the numeral seventy) form the rebus to express 'May you live to be seventy or eighty'