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Snuff Bottle

1800-1895 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Carved agate with a stopper of carnelian and coloured glass
Brief Description
Scu, China, carving, agate
Physical Description
The bottle is an oblong flattened flask form with sloping shoulders. It has a two-part dome-shaped stopper.

It is made of agate, pale yellow with a stopper of carnelian and yellow glass.

The foot is high and straight.

The decorative interest lies in the elegant shape and pure colour of the bottle.

The shape suggests a nineteenth-century date.
Dimensions
  • Height: 5.5cm
Style
Credit line
Salting Bequest
Summary
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.
Bibliographic Reference
White, Helen. Snuff Bottles from China. London: Bamboo Publishing Ltd in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1992. 291p., ill. ISBN 1870076109.
Collection
Accession Number
C.1606-1910

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record createdJuly 29, 1998
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