An Inside Painted Rock Crystal Snuff Bottle
possibly early 20th century
the rectangular form bottle having rounded shoulders raised on an oval foot ring, painted to the front depicting a portrait of Qing Dynasty official, Li Hongzhang (Li Hung-chang, 1823-1901), the reverse dated jiaying sanyue ("March in the year jiaying," corresponding to year 1914) followed by vertical two-line calligraphy, a signature of Ma Shaoxuan (1867-1939) and a red seal of Shaoxuan, having an amethyst and possibly citrine stopper.
Height 2 3/4 inches.
Estimate $ 1,500-2,500
Property from a Midwest Collector