Qing dynasty, 1830-1900 Of flattened square form surmounted on an oval foot, the body fashioned from a mid-section node of the bamboo, well hollowed with sumptuous patination and visible natural grains. 6.4cm high.
Traditionally, the Chinese literati love bamboo, as its various qualities, such as the ability to endure harsh weather are similar to that of a scholar's, whose attributes include humbleness and an adherence to a strict set of principles even in the face of great adversity. Bamboo is therefore a popular motif in traditional Chinese paintings and poems. The beauty of the present lot lies in its simple and plain design, which fully epitomises the pursuit of the literati.
Compare a bamboo snuff bottle, inscribed with a Tongzhi mark, illustrated by Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.7, Hong Kong, 2009, pp.40-41,no.1479, and sold in these rooms, 27 May 2012, lot 149.