Chinese snuff bottles: from the sanctum of enlightened respect III
The art of the snuff bottle has its origins in the introduction of tobacco snuff to the Imperial Court of the Manchus (Qing Dynasty 1642-1911). Powdered snuff was regarded as having medicinal qualities and with court patronage, rapidly grew in popularity. Ornate snuff bottles were created by Chinese craftsmen from a bewildering array of materials: porcelain, enamel, metal, wood, jadeite, ivory, and glass, using techniques only known in China at the time. Snuff bottles are elaborately decorated, invariably miniature, and admired for their tactile qualities. The surviving examples are highly prized by collectors and students of the history of arts and crafts in China. This new book showcases in depth the style, history, and significance of rare bottles from the 17th century until the end of Imperial China and beyond.
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1850 Provenance artist attributed bamboo Base of bottle Beijing Palace workshops blossoms carved Chalcedony chilong Chinese Snuff Bottles Collection Robert Kleiner compressed ovoid form concave lip current example Daoguang decorated depict dragon enamelled faceted fenghuang flared cylindrical neck flat lip floral flower foot with recessed formalised George Bloch gilded Guangzhou Guyue Height Huang Zhong Hugh Moss HK illustrated in Kleiner illustrated in Low illustrated in Moss ink and watercolours inscription inside with ink Inside-painted integral stopper iron red jadeite Jiaqing Jingdezhen Jingdezhen kilns lingzhi longevity lotus main side Mary and George mask and ring motif narrow sides nephrite nian zhi oval foot rim ovoid shape painted pair Palace Museum panels porcelain prunus Qianlong Emperor Qianlong period Qing dynasty raised oval foot recessed flat base regular script reverse ring handles Robert Kleiner Published Sanctum scene scrolls Shaoxuan similar single overlay slightly concave Sotheby's Suzhou symbol symbolises Treasury wide mouth Yangzhou