A famille-rose porcelain snuff bottle
Republic period (1912-1948)
The tapering cylindrical bottle is painted in delicate enamels with a continuous scene of children playing below an osmanthus tree. The bottle is inscribed below the the shoulder followed by the seal gu. The recessed base is inscribed with a Shendetang four-character hall mark in iron-red. Jadeite stopper.
7.7 cm high (without stopper)
Formerly in the collection of John and Gerda Reys, acquired prior to the 1980’s
The inscription may be translated as:
‘Respectfully offered by young friend Jian Ting for the pleasure of Mr. Fu Lin’
Boys breaking off osmanthus branches is associated with the saying “May you become a top scholar”. As the inscription indicates, this bottle was presented as a gift from Jian Ting to Mr. Fu Lin to wish him future success.