The black stoneware snuff bottle of cylindrical form with engraved characters ‘shou’ for long-life and ruyi symbols. The pewter snuff bottle of circular form with no base ring, the center with an inserted reserve made of glazed ceramic with a purple splash reminiscent of Jun ware ceramics of the Yuan dynasty. Coral and gilt metal stoppers; with spoons.
Dimensions: HEIGHT (with stopper) both 8 CM
Condition: Excellent condition, minor firing faults to the ceramic reserve
Provenance: French private collection, formerly collection of John Ault – known for the publication on snuff bottles from Robert Kleiner: ‘Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Collection of John Ault’ (1990)