Chinese collection

Item LL 9406

Accession no: LL 9406
Object type: Snuff Bottle
Name: Snuff bottle
Materials: Nephrite
Place made: China
Date made: Qing Dynasty, 19th Century
Measurements: H. 7.3 cm

Description: Snuff bottle of flattened pear-shaped; "mutton-fat" jade carved in low relief with Taoist figures; on one side, Liu-Hai with cash and toad under a pine tree; on the other, a rock and fungus and figure holding a vase emitting exhalations; red cap mounted in metal on stopper. Liu Hai is a Chinese god which represents prosperity and wealth in Chinese tradition.

Provenance
C. S. Holberton collection; his sale, Christie's, 26 June 1918, lot 148, purchased by Frank Partridge for Lever; £12.1s.6d. (for the whole lot; five bottles); by whom gifted to the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 1922.

Literature
R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No. 750.