The Property of a Gentleman
A rare Beijing enamel lobed oval snuff dish
Palace Workshops, Beijing, blue enamel Qianlong four-character mark and of the period
Of shallow quatrelobed form, raised on a short conforming foot, the interior superbly painted with a pair of birds perched one above the other on a blossoming prunus tree, with peony blooms borne on leafy stems by its side, all reserved on a finely-stippled blue ground, framed by a quatrelobed border enclosing half flower heads flanked by classic scrolls reserved on a yellow ground below the copper rim, the underside painted in puce with five bats, wu fu, amidst cloud scrolls reserved on a yellow ground, the base with the mark enamelled on the white ground.
6.6cm (2⅝in) wide