Snuff bottle in imitation of painted enamel metalwork


Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219

The eighteenth century witnessed numerous exciting innovations in Chinese ceramics. 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.

Snuff bottle in imitation of painted enamel metalwork, Porcelain painted with overglaze enamels (Jingdezhen ware), China

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