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Snuff-made of tobacco that is ground into a powdered form and spiced with aromatic substances-was introduced to China from Japan in the late seventeenth century. Chinese elites believed that the powder had medicinal properties, and initially used cylindrical medicine bottles to hold this new "Japanese tobacco. The repertoire of bottle shapes, materials, and motifs dramatically expanded under imperial patronage, and artisans facilitated the dispensing of the tobacco by adding stoppers with attached ivory spoons.
Collecting Chinese Snuff Bottles. Spoil yourself with unique jewellery and gemstones from Ebay. See our selected porcelain items in our shop. Prices for snuff bottles don't fluctuate as much as other areas of the Asian art market due to the nature of the collectors.
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The tiny and exquisitely beautiful curiosities that once housed tobacco are highly prized. 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.
A number of snuff bottles that imitate ivory were offered by an American antiques reproduction importer. The bottles are made of bone which has been stained to resemble the patina on antique ivory. The new bottles can be identified as bone not ivory because of the numerous pits and grooves seen under 10X magnification. Confirm Close.
Chinese snuff bottles have long captured the imagination of Western collectors. Generalist appraisers frequently come across snuff bottles and even entire collections of dozens or hundreds of bottles while working because they were very popular to collect in the 19th and 20th centuries due to their mobility and small size - fitting comfortably in the hand. The purpose of this article in three installments will be to share strategies to assist in the accurate appraising of these petite, exquisite bottles, created to hold powdered tobacco, also known as snuff.
Demand for Chinese snuff bottles is strong among Western and Chinese collectors alike. Designed to hold powdered tobacco and rarely measuring more than three inches tall, snuff bottles reflect the universe of Chinese art and culture in miniature, portable form. We wanted to get as broad a range of materials as possible, but also a range of dates and styles.