清晚期 黑漆嵌螺鈿蝶形鼻煙壺

Metal covered with lacquer, inlaid with mother-of-pearl and gold | 6.4cm | 19th century

Unknown Artist

The butterfly is cherished for its beauty and is a common theme, associated with joy and delight, in Chinese art. Fashioning an object such as this snuff bottle into the shape of a butterfly exemplifies the skill and imagination of the designer.

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