Fossiliferous limestone; supported on a slightly raised toot recessed on the underside, the material with an overall pattern of chrysanthemum-like organisms enclosed within diamond shaped outlines.
C. K. Liang, Hong Kong (1995)
The Golden Autumn Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles by Robert Kleiner, no. 133
Although this pattern is often seen on bottles of this group, the colouring on this example is much darker than usual greatly heightening its dramatic impact. The slight flair of the neck rising from the sloping shoulders is evidence of a skilled lapidary who understood the difference in perception these subtle nuances could achieve. It was to bottles like these that the nineteenth century commentator on snuff bottles, Zhao Zhiqian was referring when he described the fossil inclusions as “supernatural works of art’ (see Zhao Lynn Commentaries, J1CSBS, Autumn 1999, p. 19)