Stoneware; the baluster body with a deep countersunk base, the dark surface decorated in ochre slip with a continuous scene of pavilions and trees on islands with tall cliffs in the distance and the sun high in the heavens, Attributed to the Slip- master, Yixing.
Robert Kleiner (1998)
The Golden Autumn Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles by Robert Kleiner, no. 153
An artist working in Yixing developed the technique of using thickly applied slip in a differing colour to that of the body to create almost three-dimensional scenes. Two examples, dated respectively to 1783 and 1822 are a guide to the extent of his career (Treasury 6, nos. 1448 and 1450) and an Imperial connection is suggested by the extraordinary bottle inscribed witu yuzhi, ‘Made by imperial command’, discussed in The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle, no 253.
Bottles made in this style continued long after the end of the Slip-master’s career but declined in quality. This bottle is almost certainly by the Master as it shows the characteristic delicate stipple effects which depict the foliage on the trees. As the quality declines, this stippling became cruder and more simplified.