The design of the tied brocade sash is associated with the Court and suggests precious objects, wrapped as if for presentation. It also symbolizes longevity through a pun on the Chinese characters for 'tied sash' and 'longevity.'
In both design and style, this bottle is typical of Guangzhou enamelling for the Court from the Yongzheng period onwards, suggesting that this is more likely to date from the earlier part of the Qianlong reign. The rope border around the neck is borrowed from designs of Palace enamels and found widely on glass and hardstone bottle produced at the Palace workshops. The formalized floral design is also taken from enamelled metal, glass and porcelain produced at the Palace workshops from the Kangxi period to the end of the Qianlong period.
Cf. two similar bottles from a set in the Palace Museum, Beijing, both decorated with a tied sash over a floral ground, one included in the exhibition Tributes From Guangdong to the Qing Court, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1987, illustrated in the Catalogue, p. 88, fig. 52, and the other illustrated in Snuff Bottles. The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 2003, pl. 153.