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Snuff Bottle with Flowers and Rocks

Period:
Republic of China (1912–1949)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Painted enamel on glass with nephrite stopper
Dimensions:
H. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm); W. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Classification:
Snuff Bottles
Credit Line:
Bequest of Mary Stillman Harkness, 1950
Accession Number:
50.145.203a, b
Not on view
This snuff bottle and its companion piece both display opaque white backgrounds and poetic inscriptions on their backs, which, together with a shared use of enamel, reflect the ties between the glass workshops in Beijing and the kilns at Jingdezhen. Porcelains that combine paintings with poems are sometimes termed gu yue xuan, or "old moon pavilion"-style wares. They are thought to have been painted at court in Beijing rather than at the Jingdezhen kilns farther south.
Inscription: Enameled on side in black: red seal

Poem: "Drifting across the sun, Turquoise mists grow redder and brighter"

Marking: 4 characters enameled in blue: Qianlong
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