Antique Glass Snuff Bottle Two incredibly detailed reverse painted scenes one on either side depicting landscapes. This absolutely gorgeous vintage snuff bottle has an orange glass topped ivory spoon attached to a tightly fitting cork. With auspicious carvings flanking the sides trimmed in orange. A very special piece in excellent condition, perfect to start or add to your collection.
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2 1/4" W x 1" D x 2 5/8" H
ORIGIN: Chinese Export
CIRCA: Mid 19th Century
HISTORY & FACTS:
Chinese snuff bottles were traditionally only made in the Qing Dynasty, which started in 1644 and ended in 1911, used for holding powdered tobacco, usually with some herbs and spices in it, which was inhaled through the nose.
They started in the imperial court. For the first hundred years of their existence, throughout much of the 18th century, tobacco was exceedingly expensive in China, so taking snuff was for the imperial family and the influential elite of Chinese Society. It wasn’t until the 19th century that you see a diffusion to the general population.
They stopped using snuff in China around the 1920s; however, there were still artisans who continued to make Snuff Bottles, primarily for the foreign collectors market. You may notice that there’s an enormous collectors market going on now, both reproductions as well as 18th- or 19th-century bottles. While a bottle made for export or museum reproduction will range around $50 to $150, while authentic 18th century bottles can bring $5000 to $10000 each.