A brown glass overlay snuff bottle. Yangzhou school, cyclically dated jiashen, corresponding to 1824

Of flattened rectangular form with gently rounded shoulders surmounted by a short cylindrical neck, resting on an oval foot, finely carved through the pale brown overlay with a scene of a figure fanning himself under a plantain tree, the reverse with a figure looking out at birds, the shoulders flanked by archaistic ring handles carved from the brown overlay, all against an opaque white ground, stopper. 6.3cm (2½in) (2). Estimate: HK$8,000 - 10,000, $1,000 - 1,300. Unsold

Bonhams. Fine Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Paintings, 21 May 2009. Island Shangri-La Hong Kong Hotel, Admiralty, Hong Kong www.bonhams.com