An aventurine-splashed blue glass snuff bottle. Attributed to Beijing, mid Qing dynasty

Of flattened pear-shaped form rising from a straight oval foot ring, carved on both sides with lion-mask and ring handles, the sapphire-blue glass with surface inclusions of aventurine-glass fragments, stopper. 6.7cm (2¾in) high. (2). Estimate: HK$20,000 - 25,000, $2,600 - 3,200. 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