[Snuff bottle] The bottle is an oval flattened flask form with a wide neck hole and no stopper.
It is made of glass, transparent but suffused with bubbles and white flecks, with overlay of greyish-blue glass carved in relief.
The decoration consists of a continuous design of lotus plants and on each side a pair of mandarin ducks.
The foot has an angular indentation underneath.
A pair of mandarin ducks often represents marital happiness; the colour of the blue overlay varies in intensity and is for the most part transparent.
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.