Antique smooth carved floral, leaf design brown Jade or Agate Chinese snuff bottle with orange / red coral branch top on cork and silver tooled collar. The carving has a hole opening at top for neck chain or strap in a branch carving. (6.9 cm x 2.8 cm x 1.7 cm) A truly unique one of a kind antique carving with a nice smooth cold feel. Cork is loose and worn with no spoon. Snuff bottles have fascinated Western and Asian collectors since they were first produced in China in the early part of the 18th century. Conceived as precious containers for ground tobacco imported into China, snuff bottles were initially made for the emperor and the court, and eventually produced in much greater quantities for a public who enjoyed their functionality as well as their display as symbols of status. These exquisite miniatures, which measure between one-and-a-half and three inches high, not only illustrate the technical virtuosity of Qing dynasty craftsmen, but also provide a window on life and culture in late imperial China. For example, early 18th-century imperial glass and painted enamel bottles show the influence of the Jesuits at court, and the imperial fascination with Western technical advances. Carved examples in different mediums such as jade and glass illustrate the relationships between craftsmen working at the imperial workshops, and the favored motifs across materials. Later 19th-century versions reveal how earlier imperial tastes became popular with the general public, while confirming the continuing status of snuff use in Qing society. The field of snuff bottles is vast, and like other categories of Qing dynasty works of art they include examples across many mediums: glass, stone, jade, agate, wood, bone, lacquer and mixed media. To sharpen ones eye, it is helpful to look at as many examples as possible. If youre attracted to a particular type, such as carved overlay glass, focus on this group to understand subtle differences in workmanship. For example, one bottle may exhibit a rare color combination, while others may show a rare scene, or very fine carving. 1 of hundreds of personal collectibles plus items from my metaphysical bookstore I recently closed, plus books, tarot, videos, jewelry, gifts and more. Try me you’ll love me! We do not mark merchandise values below value or mark items as “gifts” – US and International government regulations prohibit such behavior. I offer discounts for multiple orders by combining charges depending on weight. Even if an invoice was generated I can always re-issue a corrected one. International orders can go first class parcel if you dont mind the wait or I can send them Priority but for heavy, larger items it can be expensive! Depending on the weight of the pieces, many can be combined for the same rate. Books, CD’s, etc. Feedback will be given after you receive the item and you are satisfied by leaving feedback for me. My goal, as it was in my store for over 25 years, is to maintain happy satisfied customers that will return and become regular purchasers on my site. I strive to be an honest businessman and try to make everyone happy. My philosophy is if you offer a great item at a good, fair price you will get repeat customers. Depending on the condition, availability, rarity and wholesale cost I will entertain any reasonable offer or counter with one that I feel is reasonable and why. Give it a shot and see how it works! The item “Antique carved brown Jade or Agate Chinese snuff bottle with coral branch top” is in sale since Monday, January 21, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Snuff Bottles”. The seller is “chesproperties” and is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Type: Snuff Bottles
- Dimensions: 6.9 cm x 2.8 cm x 1.7 cm approx.
- Region of Origin: China
- Age: 1850-1899
- Primary Material: Jade
- Maker: unknown
- Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
- Color: Brown