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Antique Chinese Snuff Bottles

Snuff bottles christies

At its height, the society boasted 20,000 members worldwide. This lasted through most of the 18th century. We will scan in old, difficult to find publications on snuff bottles so that they are accessible to all, and, eventually, perhaps even aspire to having all known works of merit on the subject included, but I shall be long-dead by then! And there were a number of seriously silly mistakes in her description of the beginning of snuff bottle collecting, etc. The energizing and tranquilizing effects of snuff, as well as its ability to remedy aches and pains, colds, and digestive complications encouraged efforts to create snuff receptacles. The soft-edged snuff bottle, which also had a very tiny mouth and was easily stoppered, emerged as the perfect solution. Going back to Great Britain, another source describes the 1777 last will and testament of a less-illustrious, but no less interesting snuff taker, a certain Mrs.

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Chinese Snuff Bottles

Snuff bottles christies

We will also provide a platform for collectors who want to publish their collections, or other related books on snuff bottles written by themselves or others but would rather not go to the expensive and often tiresome option of printing and distributing individual books. Daoguang possibly with period mark, too much trouble to properly catalog 8. In the example at left, the horse seems to be carved in a very amateurish way, but in this school of bottle production, naïveté was the style. A snuff-bottle bibliography will be posted, which we will add to as new books appear. Research into all these artists, and the texts they inscribed, took a predictably long time and, once finished, Nick Moss then needed nearly a year to translate it all into an efficient web-book. Quite a number of his bottles carry cyclical dates together with a reign period, and hence his works can be dated for certainty to roughly the first quarter of the 19th century, during the late Jiaqing 1796-1820 and early Daoguang 1821-1850 reigns of the Qing dynasty 1644-1911. She might have been there, but I can't recall her.

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Chinese Works of Art Online Only: Snuff Bottles & Books

Snuff bottles christies

However, it was through the employment of the snuff bottles at the Manchu imperial court in the early eighteenth century and the concomitant artistic endeavor to improve and imbue them with qualities outside of their functional use that these vessels became treasured as works of art. Among those that have survived are snuff bottles of wide-ranging scale. Symbols are derived from a multitude of sources such as legends, history, religion, philosophy and superstition. The following picture shows a glass vessel from the private collection of Bob Hall containing an indigenous Chinese snuff. As a farewell, we thank you for your patronage and support and feel free to continue to contact us by email.

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Hugh Moss Chinese Snuff Bottles

Snuff bottles christies

It has been extensively published and exhibited at international institutions including the British Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Because of its durability and its being evergreen it has come, along with many other symbols, to signify longevity. Of course these could have been lost over the millenia, but these bottles might have had a different type of stopper, possibly of organic material, such as wood or just cork. Just as snuff taking in Europe was primarily a habit of the elite, so it was in China. The ideas used are almost always directed toward bringing wealth, health, good luck, longevity, even immortality to the owner of an artifact, frequently as a wish expressed in a kind of coded form by the giver of a gift. They can be made of plastic, glass or metal.

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Snuff bottle

Snuff bottles christies

The exact timing of its introduction to China from the New World and Europe is unclear, but by the late sixteenth century and certainly by the seventeenth century it was a regular import. These small treasures reflect, on a miniature scale, the extraordinary artistic achievements of the Qing Dynasty. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees. We are, therefore, going to close down the sales portion of the site. The second is an agate bottle which is carved in relief with two tree shrews and grapevines to one side, the reverse is carved with a fisherman; and two further bottles.

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FOUR SNUFF BOTTLES , 19TH/20TH CENTURY

Snuff bottles christies

It includes a large number of documentary bottles, many with signatures dates and other useful information allowing us in many cases to identify specific artists, where they worked, and when. Please check your spam folder for confirmation emails if you don't receive them. Robert is not only incredibly knowledgeable, but also extremely personable and great with clients. He admired all types of snuff bottle but had the greatest affinity to agate. Chinese snuff bottles in the in.

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