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1.6in enamel snuff bottle sold for nearly $1.5 million

A tiny 18th century snuff bottle has sold at auction for nearly $1.5 million.

The beautiful enamel bottle made for China’s Emperor Qianlong in the 18th century was part of a collection put together by George and Mary Bloch.

It was hoped it might sell for £250,000 but furious bidding saw the price rise beyond anyone’s expectations. The sale proves the strength of the Chinese market.

The small enamel bottle shows on one side a woman and a young boy with an elaborate building and trees in the background.

One the other side is a woman with a basket of flowers and fruit and another young boy, with buildings and the tree-clad banks of a stream behind her.

All the figures look European and the condition of the piece was described as ‘perfect’.

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