A Chinese honey shadow agate snuff bottle, carved in low relief with a scholar seated in a naturalistic raft, with a bat in flight above his head, on a rich honey coloured naturally mottled ground, the reverse of lighter tone, with superbly hollowed interior, convex rim and short raised foot rim, agate stopper.

2 ¾ inches, 7 cm total height with stopper.

18th– early 19th century, 1760-1820.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • From the V.W.S France collection (1918-1974), acquired by his father in China in the 1930s.
  • Sold by Christie’s Paris in the auction of From Beijing to Versailles, the V.W.S. collection 14th December 2022, lot 635, p. 143.


Excellent condition with natural markings.