Snuff bottle in imitation of painted enamel metalwork
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95)
Porcelain painted with colored enamels over a transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm)
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
The eighteenth century witnessed numerous exciting innovations in Chinese ceramics. The artists produced molded or carved porcelain snuff bottles that imitated wares made of other materials, such as lacquer, wood, ivory, and, in this case, painted enamel on metalwork.