The bottle is a rounded flattened flask form with no stopper.
It is made of glass, transparent white with white flecks and bubbles, with overlay of blue glass carved in relief.
The decoration depicts a pavilion on a rock set above a bridge and water; bamboo and wutong or paulownia growing from the rocks. On the reverse there are three men on a boat sitting at a low table with cups. They are being rowed by a fourth towards the pavilion on the other side of the bottle.
The foot is 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.