A blue and white porcelain snuff bottle
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
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.