Gold-plated dragon snuff bottle auctions for $965,000

A gold-plated silver and copper dragon snuff bottle has sold for $965,000 at Bonhams' sale of Fine Chinese Works of Art in San Francisco.

Snuff bottle gold plated dragons
The gold-plated snuff bottle features elaborate engraving

It dates to the Qianlong period (1736-1795) and features relief depictions of dragons, clouds and waves.

A Ruyao-type vase dating to the same era made $857,000.

The piece is based on ceramics from the imperial kiln in Ruyao that was active during the time of the Song dynasty (960-1279).

It primarily produced pottery for large-scale, civilian use.

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