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Snuff bottle

Snuff bottle

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1750-1895 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Semi opaque white glass with an overlay of red glass, carved in relief

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    C.1666-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Physical description

The bottle is an oval flattened flask form with sloping hsoulders and no stopper.
It is made of glass, mottled white with flecks of white and an overlay of red glass carved in relief.
The decoration depicts a pomegranate tree and on the reverse a peach tree.
The faceted foot is formed by the overlay and it has a high indentation underneath.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

1750-1895 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Semi opaque white glass with an overlay of red glass, carved in relief

Dimensions

Height: 5.9 cm

Descriptive line

Glass snuff bottle, semi opaque white and an overlay of red glass carved in relief, China, ca.19th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

White, Helen. Snuff Bottles from China. London: Bamboo Publishing Ltd in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1992. 291p., ill. ISBN 1870076109.

Materials

Glass

Techniques

Carving

Subjects depicted

Pomegranate; Trees; Peach

Categories

ELISE; Containers; Personal accessories; Glass

Collection

East Asia Collection

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