Snuff bottle with scene of a lotus pond


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221

Snuff bottles were among the first glass items produced at the Qing imperial workshops and remained popular throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The technique used to achieve the ruby color of the outer layer of glass on this piece can be traced back to ancient Rome and was transmitted to Chinese artisans working in Guangzhou and Beijing in the early eighteenth century. The same recipe was used to color pink enamels of the period.

Snuff bottle with scene of a lotus pond, Overlay glass with coral stopper, China

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