This is one of a group of inscribed chalcedony snuff bottles made for the Imperial court in the late Qianlong period. Several are recorded, including one in the Crane collection, acquired in these rooms, 28th October 1992, lot 407. It is inscribed as having been made for the personal use of the Qianlong Emperor in 1783. There is another formerly in the Mary and George Bloch collection, illustrated by Hugh Moss, Victor Graham and Ka Bo Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, vol. 2, Hong Kong, 1998, no. 355, and sold in these rooms, 26th November 2013, lot 80. See also a third example illustrated in Bob C. Stevens, The Collector's Book of Snuff Bottles, New York, 1976, no. 530, later sold at Sotheby's Honolulu, 7th November 1981, lot 97.