A small chinese porcelain snuff bottle painted in cobalt oxide on biscuit porcelain with a 4 clawed writhing dragon. The effect of firing without glaze is a black and white colour rather than blue and white.
Dating from the mid C19th., it stands just 4.1 cms high and weighs 16 gms.
There is a barely visible 1mm flake to the paste at the rim which needs to be viewed under a loupe.( It is very barely visible as a small, slightly lighter spot on the rim in photo 4). It is in otherwise very good condition.
A similar lot painted with magpie and chrysanthemum and standing 4.7 cms high was entered in Bonhams, New York at US$1500-2000 on 18/3/2019 but was unsold.
See also Sothebys New York Leiber collection sale, 20th March 2018 lot 490 where a 24 cm vase was sold for $3,750 (inc prem.)
N.B. Bonhams have their lot as mid C19th whilst Sotheby's have theirs as late Qing/ Republic.