There is a broad range of Suzhou agate bottles, but one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Zhiting School bottles is the serrated style of rocks, which is clearly visible in the present lot. Zhiting is the name of a Suzhou artist, who signed his name to works at some time during the early - to mid-eighteenth century. The school worked in jade, agate and crystal. For an in-depth discussion on the Zhiting school and bottles similar to this present lot, please see Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, vol. 2, nos. 366-379. For a group of related bottles, from the same School see Denis S. K. Low, More Treasures from the Sanctum of Enlightened Respect, Singapore: 2002, nos. 229 - 234.
See also two Suzhou agate snuff bottle of similar quality sold at auction - one carved with a scholar, sold in our Paris rooms, 18th December 2012, lot 18, and another carved with an Immortal and animals, sold in these rooms, 8th April 2010, lot 2090.
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