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Snuff bottle

Snuff bottle

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1750-1895 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Opaque white glass, with overlay of blue glass carved in relief

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    C.1546-1910

  • 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 a rounded flattened flask form without a stopper.
It is made of glass, opaque white, with overlay of blue glass carved in relief.
The decoration depicts two figures on a fishing boat; one has just embarked by means of a plank and pulls back the curtain that hangs in front of the fisherman's cabin. On the reverse there is a man sitting on a fishing boat beneath a wutong or paulownia tree.
The foot is formed by overlay, with angular indentation underneath.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

1750-1895 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Opaque white glass, with overlay of blue glass carved in relief

Dimensions

Height: 5.5 cm

Descriptive line

Glass snuff bottle, opaque white, with overlay of blue 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

Boat; Trees; Fishing

Categories

ELISE; Containers; Personal accessories; Glass

Collection

East Asia Collection

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