IMAGES FOR ENLARGEMENTS
bottle of a flattened tapered rectangular form below slightly curved
shoulders and a square neck, standing on a flat base.
Nicely engraved to both sides.
The face depicting two females standing on a terrace before a hilly
landscape, below an inscription, date, signature and seal to the
The inscription reads; 'The hills are green in Spring whilst the water
is cold in Autumn'.
The reverse with a finely engraved and carefully spaced inscription
consisting of approximately five hundred and seventy five minute
characters. The passage is an exerpt from the 'Four Books' - an
integral part of Chinese classical literature relating to philosophical
and political thinking.
Coral and glass stopper.
chip to left hand face edge
Very minute chip to reverse inscription, almost imperceptible
Measures 2 1/4" ( 5.7 cm ) high (including stopper)
PROVENANCE; Michael & Elizabeth Kaynes.
auction house sale, United Kingdom, March 2008.
Elizabeth Kaynes are amongst the most highly regarded of snuff bottle
collectors and their contribution to the study and understanding of
these items is recognised by all those involved in the snuff bottle
worked in Hong Kong from 1962 and was ideally placed to take advantage
of the ready supply of snuff bottles in Hong Kong at this time.'
taken from the original sale catalogue