Snuff bottle with woman in a garden, Black lacquer inlaid with mother-of-pearl, China

Snuff bottle with woman in a garden

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
18th century
Black lacquer inlaid with mother-of-pearl
H. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm); H. incl. stand 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm); W. 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm); D. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
Snuff Bottles
Credit Line:
Bequest of Edmund C. Converse, 1921
Accession Number:
21.175.339a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
Tiny fragments of mother-of-pearl were inlaid into a black lacquer base to create the scene of a woman resting in a garden. She is seated on a stool beneath a tree, and a table with a flower arrangement and other implements is set before her. Even more miniscule pieces of mother-of-pearl define the collarlike motifs at the neck of the bottle.
Edmund Cogswell Converse , Greenwich CT (until d. 1921) bequeathed to MMA
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Excellence and Elegance: Decorative Arts of the Eighteenth-Century Qing Court," August 25, 2007–November 25, 2007.