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A Canton enamel “European subject” snuff bottle

  • Painted enamel on bronze
  • China
  • Qing dynasty (1644-1912)
  • Qianlong period (1735-1796)
  • 4.9 cm
  • French private collection

Description

The snuff bottle in a shape of a small bottle, with a short oval foot. One side painted with a child holding a peach and a Western woman, the other side with a woman and a child with a western village in the background. The base with a four characters Qianlong mark painted in blue enamel. The snuff bottle with a gilt-bronze stopper. Like the 18th century European taste for chinoiseries, the Chinese elite took an avid interest for western iconography, especially bucolic and picturesque scenes from European engravings. These patterns were mostly painted on enamel or porcelain. 

A Canton enamel “European subject” snuff bottle

  • Painted enamel on bronze
  • China
  • Qing dynasty (1644-1912)
  • Qianlong period (1735-1796)
  • 4.9 cm
  • French private collection

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