A blue and white porcelain snuff bottle

19th century

the meiping-shaped bottle painted in underglaze-blue with a dense, continuous scene of thirty magpies perched and flying around a blossoming prunus tree, the recessed base inscribed with a spurious four-character Yongzheng mark

height 5.7 cm

Provenance:
from a Dutch private collection acquired prior to the 1980’s

Magpies are a pun for happiness (xi) and the thirty birds on this bottle signify luck and happiness for each day of the month.


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