Blue and white snuff bottles were not made in large quantities before the last years of the 18th century, despite the very long tradition of such wares at Jingde Zhen. They soon grew in popularity, however, to become one of the most popular types for the second half of the dynasty as the habit spread to the entire nation. Kangxi and Yongzheng reign marks on blue and white porcelain snuff bottles are apocryphal, and arise out of the mid-Qing interest in collecting old snuff bottles, whether for use or simply as art objects.
An identical square snuff bottle is in the Bloch Collection (unpublished), demonstrating that these were made in a series, as was typical of nineteenth-century porcelain production. Another faceted bottle in the Walters Collection formed in the 1870s and 1880s decorated with different subject matter is illustrated in S. Bushell, Oriental Ceramic Art, p. 279, fig. 334.