of ovoid form resting on a low oval foot, carved in relief as a continuous rocky landscape scene, the dark brown inclusions cleverly utilized to depict children, an elderly man and animals in various activities, the billowing clouds enclosing the scene from above, a five-character relief inscription in dark inclusion, tourmaline stopper with vinyl collar
The present snuff bottle was carved in a style unique to the workshop associated with Zhiting, a well-known jade carver from Suzhou. One of the distinguishing characteristics of the snuff bottle created by the Zhiting Workshop are the masterful use of colour and the confidence in execution with planes of considerable depth as the serrated rock and pine tree in the present lot. For a discussion of the School of Zhiting in Suzhou, see Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, No. 2, Quartz, Hong Kong, 1998, nos. 366-378.
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