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A fine and exceedingly rare 17th century signed and dated antique Chinese bronze snuff bottle, finely incised to one side with a dragon chasing a flaming pearl amidst cloud scrolls, another side enclosing a concave circular panel (most likely being used as a snuff dish) and flanked by a similar pair of incised dragons contesting a pearl, the sides with two small raised ovoid panels with incised floral sprigs, the flattened ovoid base incised with an eight character mark "Shunzhi Qi Nian Cheng Rong-zhang Zao" (made by Cheng Rong-zhang in the seventh year of Shunzhi), corresponding to AD 1650. Comes a loosely fitted later date agate stopper and bone spoon. (Wooden stand not included)
REFERENCE : An almost identical bronze bottle but with an incised date mark of Shunzhi third year, from the Kaynes-Klitz Collection of Chinese snuff bottles, was sold by Sotheby’s Hong Kong in 16th November 1989 (see last image).
DATE : Chinese, early Qing Dynasty, Shunzhi period, dated AD 1650.
MARK : incised eight-character mark "Shunzhi Qi Nian Cheng Rong-zhang Zao" on base.
SIZE : approximately 2 3/4" (7 cm) high including stopper.
CONDITION : in perfect condition with appropriate surface wear commensurate with age; small production casting flaw; stopper loosely fitted. No damage or repair noted.
SHIPPING : Inclusive.