An Incised Bronze Snuff Bottle

AD 1840 - 1910
Height: 5.4cm

Of flattened form with flat lip and flat foot, incised on both main sides with sinuous, coiled dragons pursuing flaming pearls amidst clouds, the narrow sides with raised oval panels incised with floral sprigs, flanked by flames above and below, the foot incised with an apocryphal mark in regular script, Shunzhi jiunian Cheng Rongzhang zhi (Made in the ninth year of the Shunzhi period by Cheng Rongzhang), coral stopper with silver collar.