Accession no: LL 9438
Object type: Snuff Bottle
Name: Snuff bottle
Materials: Porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration in famille rose style
Place made: Guangzhou (Canton), China
Date made: Late Qing Dynasty (C.1851-1911 AD)
Measurements: H. 8.6 cm
Description: Snuff bottle of flat flask shape woth straight neck; painted in famille rose enamels; on one face, a man with staff and characters, Tao Gong; on the other, a woman and characters, Su Ruo Lan; floral brocade pattern on the sides. Spoon stopper with silver cap mounted with a lion.
Possibly Tao Gong is here the famous Tao Yuan ming, a poet and dilettante who lived 365-427 A.D. Su ruolan was the wife of a governor of Qin Dynasty at the end of the 4th century, who was banished; her faithfulnes and inconsolable grief became proverbial.
C. S. Holberton collection; his sale, Christie's, 26 June 1918, lot 64, purchased by Frank Partridge for Lever; £12.1s.6d. (for the whole lot; three bottles); by whom gifted to the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 1922.
R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No. 620.