Snuff bottle

1750-1915 (made)


Height: 6.9 cm

C.1229&A-1917 EAS

Chinese snuff bottle, chalcedony and quartz, in the form of a flask, Qing Dynasty, 1750-1915.

[Snuff bottle] Oval flattened flask form curving inwards at the base made of chalcedony and quartz, brown and white. It has a curved foot with an indentation underneath. The decorative quality of the bottle lies in the natural markings of the stone, in particular the large area of white quartz on the side. [Stopper] Three-part flat-topped stopper made of ivory coloured green, white glass and amethyst.

Snuff is powdered tobacco, usually blended with aromatic herbs or spices. The habit of snuff-taking spread to China from the West during the 17th century and became established in the 18th century. People generally carried snuff in a small bottle. By the 20th century these bottles had become collectors' items, owing to the great variety of materials and decorative techniques used in their production.

H. L. Florence Bequest

Location: In Storage

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