A "Guyue Xuan" Enameled Relief Porcelain Snuff Bottle


Imperial
Jingdezhen kilns
AD 1770 - 1800
Height: 5.5cm

Of flattened form with flat lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a footrim, the body carved and molded in high relief with a continuous design of two flying butterflies, flowering prunus branches and bamboo, the details of the main design picked out in yellow, turquoise-blue, green and black on a purplish-blue ground, beneath a shoulder-band of pendant leaves and between two framing bands of red formalized floral scroll on a yellow ground, the mouth gilt, the foot covered with green enamel and inscribed Guyue Xuan (Ancient Moon Pavilion) in blue enamel, gilt-metal stopper.