Qing dynasty, 1800-1900 Naturalistically carved in the form of a strand of grapes, all suspending from rustic stems and jagged leaves. 6cm high.
Exhibited: Chinese Snuff Bottles, jointly presented by Hong Kong Chinese Snuff Bottle Collectors Study Group and the Urban Council, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 15 October to 26 November 1977
Illustrated: Chinese Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1977, p.94, pl.217
The production of turquoise matrix fruit-form snuff bottles originated in the Qianlong period, and continued through the late Qing period. For examples of a turquoise matrix 'pomegranate' snuff bottle and a turquoise matrix 'grapes' snuff bottle in the National Palace Museum, see Snuff Bottles in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1991, p.266, pl.403 and 404. The colour of the stone is pale and half-way between green and blue, free of matrix veining.