Antique Chinese Cameo Agate Snuff Bottle, rounded square from with raised foot rim and round neck, concave mouth rim, narrow mouth, well hollowed depicting a horse, bee and a monkey (all symbolic of a wish for a promotion) in relief on the front side using the caramel skin in reserve on the translucent grey/white striated body, mock mask and ring handles carved on the sides. Completed by a carnelian stopper with brass fitting, vinyl collar and well carved wood spoon. Label on base “Wellers Goldney Collection”. 2-5/8 in. high x 2 in. wide x 1 in. deep. 3.8 oz. (108g.) 19th century.
Constance Margaret Goldney, Ightham, Sevenoaks, Kent.
The Goldney Collection of Oriental Artefacts 23rd March 2009, Wellers Auctioneers, Surrey, lot #377.