A very rare erotic hornbill snuff bottle in a lacquered case
Qianlong, dated by inscription to AD1752 and of the period
The lacquered case simply decorated with applied tortoiseshell leaves, opening to reveal a hidden hornbill snuff bottle carved with an erotic scene in European taste of a couple in a garden beside a large applied red leaf, flanked on one side by a fierce dragon and on the other by a phoenix, both cleverly highlighted with the distinctive bright orange outer casing, the reverse with an inscription, stopper with spoon. The bottle 5.4cm (2¼in) high, the case 7cm (2¾in) high (4).
- Please note that this lot has been withdrawn.