A BEIJING ENAMEL 'QUAIL' SNUFF BOTTLE
MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG
of compressed spherical form with an oval foot and flat mouth, delicately enamelled around the body with nine quails in various pursuits, all amongst blooming roses and asters borne on leafy branches in a craggy landscape, below a zigzag band of ruyi heads and floral motifs, above a further ruyi-head border around the foot, the slightly countersunk base inscribed with a four-character reign mark in blue enamel on a white ground
4.7 cm., 1 7/8 in.
Christie's London, 18th June 2002, lot 98.