Pink and white glass of this type was popular at the Qing court during the eighteenth century. The color was achieved by adding powdered ruby glass to the inner surface of a vessel.
There are a number of related carved pink sandwiched glass 'lotus' snuff bottles. The bottles vary in form, from elongated ovoid to shorter, spherical shapes, suggesting the glass carvers were working from a general design idea, rather than a specific model. The form and the similarity of carving of the present vase suggests that it was most likely carved at the Imperial Glassworks, Beijing, by a carver familiar with this snuff bottle design. A related snuff bottle from the Blanche B. Exstein Collection was sold in these rooms, 21 March 2002, lot 44. See also, H. Moss, V. Graham, K. Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle, The J & J Collection, vol. II, New York, 1993, p. 597, no. 358.