Black Lacquer Inlay Snuff Bottle, Marked Qianli, 18th/19th Century
Of flattened-flask form and decorated with flower diaper inlaid with gold flakes and mother-of-pearl triangles, two-character seal Qianli inlaid in gold wire to the base. Green glass stopper TOGETHER WITH a smaller 19th century black lacquer inlay snuff bottle
tallest height 2.1" — 5.4 cm.
The artist Jiang Qianli was one of the masters of inlaid lacquer, and whose work was prevalent during the early Qing Dynasty. Miniature lacquer wares bearing his name and style were often copied throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.
For a similar miniature black lacquer inlay design, see Christie’s New York ‘A Connoisseur’s Vision’, September 15, 2011, lots 919 and 928.
The Estate of Robert Canfield
Department: Asian Art