A Carved Soapstone Snuff Bottle, of a mottled beige stone with russet veining, relief carved depicting a qilin with lightning bolts issuing from its mouth, the beast emerging from a lotus blossom above a swirling waves that extend to the reverse, which depicts a lion-headed fish beneath scrolling clouds and the sun, having beast mask and faux-loop handles below the shoulders, with a glass inlaid metal stopper lid and fitted box. Height 2 1/2 inches. Estimate $ 400-600
Property from a Private Collection in Florida
In overall good, complete condition, with minor wear to the interior of the mouth rim. Stopper and scoop intact.
A Carved Soapstone Snuff Bottle, Height 2 1/2 inches.