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Old Fisherman Cinnabar Snuff Bottle
Old Fisherman Cinnabar Snuff Bottle
Old Fisherman Cinnabar Snuff Bottle
Old Fisherman Cinnabar Snuff Bottle
Old Fisherman Cinnabar Snuff Bottle
Old Fisherman Cinnabar Snuff Bottle

Old Fisherman Cinnabar Snuff Bottle

Regular price $55.00 Sale

Gorgeous Antique Reproduction Red Glazed Intricately Hand Carved Resin Snuff Bottle An incredibly detailed carving of an ancient fisherman holding his catch, with the stopper as the lid to the snuff bottle. Its in excellent Vintage Condition. We think its maybe one of our favorite pieces and t perfect to start or add to your collection.

In addition to be being a beautiful object the The words for fish and abundance are pronounced the same in Chinese (, yu) so the fish in the Chinese culture symbolizes wealth. Fish also symbolize harmony, marital happiness and reproduction because they multiply rapidly and sometimes swim in pairs.

DIMENSION: 2 3/4"h, 2" w, 2"d

ORIGIN: Chinese Export

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 about 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.

Source: Collectors Weekly; Maribeth Keane