Lot 923: A rare Chinese ivory ''five bats'' snuff bottle, 1800-1900, Richards no. 421, matched stopper
November 30, 2016
Lewes, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: A rare Chinese ivory ''five bats'' snuff bottle, 1800-1900, carved in high relief to each side with five bats amid scrolling clouds, 5.4cm, Richards no. 421, matched stopper
The bottle is not particularly well hollowed, there is a hairline crack to the edge of the foot of the bottle which does not extend up into he body, there is a hairline crack across one of the wings of the bats near the shoulder and there are natural faults in the ivory core which shows as a minute hole on each side but doesn't appear to go all the way through, no other chips, cracks or restorations, the stopper doesn't appear to be original and does have a snuff spoon attached.
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