15 September 2009
A RARE FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
IMPERIAL, JINGDEZHEN KILNS, XIANFENG FOUR-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN IRON-RED IN A LINE AND OF THE PERIOD (1851-1861)
Of bulbous ovoid form, finely painted with a continuous landscape scene with eight foreigners, arranged in two groups of four on either side, one group including a figure wearing a cloak and another figure riding a camel, the other group shown accompanied by an elephant and a buddhistic lion, the mouth of the bottle dressed in gilding, red glass stopper with gilt-bronze collar
2 13/16 in. (7.1 cm.) high
Andrew Franklin Collection.
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