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.
This fine snuff bottle is carved on one side in high relief depicting a sage sitting outside near a plant and under the foliage of a tree.
20th Century -
Very good condition. Spoon missing
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Belgium private collection
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- Snuff bottle
- Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)
- Region/ Country of origin
- Title of artwork
- A carved white agate snuff bottle with blue carving - Early 20th century
- Very good condition, see description
- 7×4.8×2 cm