The text painted on the bottle is from a book about pottery making at Jingdezhen by Lan Pu, Jingdezhen tao lu, first published during the Jiaqing period. The present example is part of a small group of bottles decorated with different scenes from the book. For a discussion of this group, and a related bottle with a scene of a potter sitting at his wheel, see Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, the Mary and George Bloch Collection, Volume 6, Part 3, Hong Kong, 2008, pp. 868, 869, no. 1411.