Conceived as containers for ground tobacco, snuff bottles were first produced for the emperor and the court in China in the early 18th century. Eventually, these bottles appeared as a status symbol manufactured in a much greater volume for the public. The upcoming Chinese Snuff Bottles auction, offered by Oakridge Auction Gallery, will present a selection of these bottles in a variety of designs.
Among 82 lots, a Chinese inside-painted snuff bottle by Zhou Leyuan is a highlight. While the style of painting on the inside of the snuff bottle originated in the late 16th century, snuff bottles gained popularity during the Qing period. Zhou was a leading figure during this time. Asian art collectors can also find a Chinese carved gray jade snuff bottle from the 18th century. This particular bottle is decorated with a landscape design, including a pine tree and a waterfall at the front. It bears four character marks on the back as well. Jadeite snuff bottles and a blue Peking glass bottle are other notable items. Interested collectors can explore the full listings and register to bid online on Bidsquare.
# of Lots:82
Price Range:$400 - $6,000
Interesting lots include:
|Item Image||Item Name||Estimate|
|Chinese Carved Gray Jade Snuff Bottle, 18th Century|| Estimate: |
|Chinese Jadeite Snuff Bottle with Chilong, 19th Century|| Estimate: |
|Chinese Inside-Painted Snuff Bottle, Zhou Leyuan|| Estimate: |
|Chinese Blue Peking Glass Snuff Bottle, 18th Century|| Estimate: |
|Chinese Famille Rose Snuff Bottle, Qianlong|| Estimate: |