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Snuff Bottle with Painted Enamel Design of Plum Blossoms

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Period: Kangxi reign (1662-1722), Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: porcelain and painted enamel
Date: undated
Dimensions: height: 6 cm, width: 4.5 cm

Item used at the Qing court This snuff bottle has a small round mouth and a flat body with an elliptic foot ring. An ivory spoon is attached to the gilded cover in the form of a blossom. The framed panels on either side of the bottle contain paintings of plum blossoms and are surrounded by polychrome flowers. The white-glazed foot bears the Kangxi Emperor's reign mark in blue.   
  This exquisite snuff bottle has an elegant shape, smooth finish, and precise renderings of bold branches of plum blossoms in various stages of blooming. The soft pastels of the enamel are attractive. It is one of the finest made in the Kangxi reign. Snuff bottles were the first enamel objects made by the Kangxi court workshops, thus only a few of them are extant. Of those, two are in the collection of the Palace Museum.

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