2 Snuff Bottle, Cloisonné and Lacquer, 19th/20th C.

Item no. 198457-150
Sold for375
  • Details

    Details

    • Cloisonné in polychrome enamel colors on a metal body, lacquer with mother of pearl
    • China, 19th/20th century
    • Cylindrical or drop shape
    • Very well and wide hollowed body
    • Narrow or wide mouth and straight lip
    • Recessed, circular base with a flat foot rim or an oval base
    • The cloisonné snuff bottle with revolving peonies on a pale blue ground, framed by two borders
    • The lacquer snuff bottle with floral ornament on a geometric background with golden elements and mother of pearl inlays
    • Stopper with jade or lacquer and a spoon
    • Height of the bottle with stopper: 7-9.5 cm
    • Width of the mouth: 0.4-0.8 cm
    • Width of the neck: 1.3-1.4 cm
    • Good condition
    • This object is sold through our Berlin office
  • Additional Information & Condition

    Additional Information & Condition

    Condition:
    The snuff bottle are in good condition with only slight and usual signs of age and wear. The height of the bottle with stopper is 7-9.5 cm. The width of the mouth measures 0.4-0.8 cm and the width of the neck is 1.3-1.4 cm.

    Chinese Snuff bottles
    Chinese snuff bottles were used to store snuff tobacco powder. Besides this purpose, they were also decorative objects which served as status symbols. Often they were small masterpieces, showing fine craftsmanship in various materials such as glass, porcelain, jade, quartz, ivory, coral, lacquer, amber and wood.
    Tobacco was imported to China from Europe in the late 16th century and was initially smoked in pipes. The use as snuff began at the outset of the Qing dynasty in 1644, when smoking tobacco was prohibited, whereas snuff was seen as a remedy for common illness: colds, headaches or stomach aches. At first, snuff was only accessible to the elites of the dynastic households, but towards the end of the 17th century it became popular at the Beijing court and developed into a social ritual among the upper classes. By the end of the late 18th century, this trend had spread to the rest of the country and permeated all social strata. It was considered polite to offer a pinch of snuff to friends on the street or to house guests. As a result, elaborate Snuff bottles were constantly being held and passed around, slowly rounding the edges from wear. The popularity of snuff reached its apex in the Qing dynasty, ebbing with the revolution and the founding of the Chinese republic in 1912.

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