Chinese seven-colour glass overlay snuff bottle, superbly decorated with a large turquoise lotus leaf enveloping a pink lotus flower, carved on the exterior with a lotus pod, leaves, shoots and a brown leaf, together with a black crab, the footrim formed as a branch.

Rose quartz stopper.

2 11/16, 6.9 cm high without stopper.


Provenance & Additional Information

  • From a private American collection.
  • A pink glass ground six-colour overlay snuff bottle, also with lotus design, attributed to the revival of glass making under the Empress Dowager Cixi, from the collection of Tuyet Nguyet is illustrated by Tina Yee-wan Pang in Heavenly Creations: Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Collections of Anthony Cheung, Humphrey Hui, Po-ming Kwong, Tuyet Nguyet and Christoper Sin, The University of Hong Kong, 2005, no. 85, p. 69.
  • A porcelain snuff bottle of similar shape and design is illustrated by Chiang Fu-ts’ung in Masterpieces of Chinese Snuff Bottles in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan, no. 40.