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Given by Cecil Crofton, Esq.
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Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery
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.
The bottle is a jar form with a very wide neck and a large bulbous stopper with a finial.
It is made of porcelain, painted in underglaze blue; the stopper of gilded metal.
The decoration depicts pomegranates and what may be chrysanthemums with tendrils of foliage.
Place of Origin
Chinese snuff bottle, 1840-1920, Qing dynasty; porcelain with painted decoration.
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.
ELISE; Containers; Personal accessories; Ceramics
East Asia Collection