The bottle is an elongated flattened pear form with no stopper.
It is made of glass, opaque white, with overlay of blue glass carved in relief.
The decoration depicts a catfish with a bunch of fruits. There is a similar design on the reverse but with different fruits.
The high splayed foot is partly formed by overlay, with angular indentation underneath.
Snuff is powdered tobacco, usually blended with aromatic herbs or spices. The habit of snuff-taking spread to China from the West during the 17th century and became established in the 18th century. People generally carried snuff in a small bottle. By the 20th century these bottles had become collectors' items, owing to the great variety of materials and decorative techniques used in their production.