Chinese Snuff Bottles

 

A double overlay glass snuff bottle in slightly flattened oval form; glass; circa 1800 Qing dynasty; China.

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A pear-shaped glass snuff bottle; superbly carved white overlay design of magnolia flower symbolizing purity and virtue on each side; glass; Qianlong period (1736-1795); China. 2.75 inches (7 cm) high.

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A white jade snuff bottle carved in the form of a magnolia bud using the natural contours of the pebble to highlight overlapping petals; 18th century; China. Provenance: Marchant and Sons. 3 inches (7.6 cm) high.

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A miniature, dual nephrite snuff bottles adjoining on lateral side; each in compressed, rounded rectangular form, and superbly carved in archaic cloud scrolls and nipples, reminiscent of an archaic bronze vessel; 18th century Qing dynasty; China. Provenance: Guardian, Beijing, People's Republic of China; a private collector in Hong Kong; a private collection in Taipei, Taiwan. 1.63 inches (4.1 cm) high; 1.13 inches (2.9 cm) wide; 1 inches (2.5 cm) in diameter.

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 An agate snuff bottle of flattened rectangular shape; extremely well-hollowed to reveal a pale golden-brown color with faint bands on the shoulders and a gouging effect on the reverse; the front bears two seated monkeys outlined in two-toned brown inclusions; circa 1800; 2.75 inches (7 cm) high.

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A floater agate snuff bottle, in a slightly compressed round form; left plain to appreciate the material's lustrons golden brown texture and elegant contour of the vessel; agate; circa 1800 Qing dynasty; China. 2.13 inches (5.4 cm) high.

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A cameo agate snuff bottle in round cylindrical vase form; using the thin layer of dark brown inclusions, depicting taibai jui jiu (Libai or Lipo in drunken stage); chalcedony; 19th century Qing dynasty; China. Provenance: a private collection, Taipei, Taiwan. 2.13 inches (5.4 cm) high.

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A shadow agate snuff bottle in flattened round form with natural inclusions utilized to their best effect with economy of lines depicting an image of a duck tottering uphill; Chalcedony; 19th century; China. Provenance: from the collection of Terrell Mexdorf. 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) high.

 

  

A purplish-grey pebble snuff-bottle carved in the form of Su Wu huddling in the winter cold in a cloak realistically depicted by the pebble's contour and color; Chalcedony; 19th century; China. Provenance: from the collection of Steve Jareslausky. 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) high.

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An inside-painted rock crystal snuff bottle bearing a congregation of butterflies; inscribed on reverse; dated to the Spring of the year Chia-ch'en (1905, when the artist was 38 years old); signed Ma Shaoxuan (1867-1939) with seal; China. Provenance: Y.F. Yang and company. 2.5 inches (6.35 cm) high.

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A rock-crystal snuff bottle with inside-painted design of two carp and a shoal of smaller fish swimming amongst aquatic plants in a lotus pond; cyclicall dated to the Spring of I-Mao year, corresponding to 1975; signed by Liu Shouben; Rock crystal; 20th century; China. Provenance: from the collection of Jack Gordon. 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) high.

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A rock crystal snuff bottle in the form of an archaistic bronze vessel with well-carved lion mask handles; Quartz; 19th century; China. Provenance: from the collection of Terrell Mexdorf. 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) high.

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A blue and white ceramic snuff bottle in meiping form with underglazed cobalt design of lotus medallions set amongst a band of its leafy scroll background; a four-character mark of Yong Zheng Nian Zhi and of the period; ceramic; 18th century Qing dynasty; China. 2.38 inches (6 cm) high.

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A fine porcelain snuff bottle of tapering cylindrical form with underglaze cobalt blue and copper red design of a raptor perched on a rockbase, looking back at the sun; 19th century; 3.25 inches (8.2 cm) high.

Interested in snuff bottles?

Visit the site of the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society.

 

Last updated 20/05/2004  Michelle Lin