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Chinese Snuff Bottles

Chinese snuff bottles, only a couple inches in height, are pieces of art that once held powdered tobacco as a remedy for headaches, stomachaches, and other ailments. These small bottles can be made from glass, jade, ivory, ceramic, and metal, among other materials. The more intricately and beautifully decorated the bottle, the higher status or rank of the owner in historical China.

Due to the humid climate of China, snuff would normally stick together and become a solid block in a container that was not fully sealed. Realizing this, Emperor Kangxi commissioned the creation of beautifully hand-decorated medicine bottles with well-fitted lids during the Qing Dynasty. Since then, the popularity of these snuff bottles grew and snuff bottles became synonymous with aristocracy.


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A Scottish horn snuff mull of conventional design, the hinged lid with thin

July 29, 2016, 10:00 AM BST
Newark, United Kingdom

£120 (starting bid)

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AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY CHINESE CARVED HORN SNUFF BOTTLE & STOPPER

July 29, 2016, 12:00 PM BST
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£60 (starting bid)

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THREE CHINESE PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLES

July 29, 2016, 12:00 PM BST
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£70 (starting bid)

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A 19TH/20TH CENTURY CHINESE JADE SNUFF BOTTLE & STOPPER

July 29, 2016, 12:00 PM BST
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£60 (starting bid)

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A 19TH/20TH CENTURY CHINESE GREEN OVERLAY GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

July 29, 2016, 12:00 PM BST
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£20 (starting bid)

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A CHINESE YELLOW BEIJING GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

July 29, 2016, 12:00 PM BST
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£60 (starting bid)

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A GROUP OF THREE 20TH CENTURY CHINESE SNUFF BOTTLES & STOPPERS

July 29, 2016, 12:00 PM BST
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£40 (starting bid)

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A CHINESE PINK OVERLAY BEIJING GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE & SILVER-METAL STOPPER

July 29, 2016, 12:00 PM BST
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£70 (starting bid)

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AN UNUSUAL CHINESE STRIATED AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE & STOPPER

July 29, 2016, 12:00 PM BST
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£30 (starting bid)

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TWO SNUFF BOTTLES

July 29, 2016, 4:00 PM WET
Porto, Portugal

€40 (starting bid)

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TWO ORIENTAL SNUFF BOTTLES

July 29, 2016, 4:00 PM WET
Porto, Portugal

€90 (starting bid)

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Signed Chinese Glass Snuff Bottle

July 29, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Springfield, OH, USA

$25 (4 bids)

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Chinese Reverse Painted Snuff Bottle

July 29, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Springfield, OH, USA

$5 (1 bid)

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FAMILLE ROSE 'FLOWERS' SNUFF BOTTLE

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$500 (starting bid)

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INSIDE PAINTED 'GENERAL' SNUFF BOTTLE

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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METAL ENCASED BONE SNUFF BOTTLE

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$80 (starting bid)

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FAMILLE ROSE 'FU' SNUFF BOTTLE

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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FAMILLE ROSE 'WESTERN LADY' SNUFF BOTTLE

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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AGATE CARVED 'MYTHICAL BEAST' SNUFF BOTTLE

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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AGATE CARVED 'SKULL' SNUFF BOTTLE

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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CLOISONNE ENAMELED 'DUCKS' SNUFF BOTTLE

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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CLOISONNE ENAMELED 'FLOWERS' SNUFF BOTTLE

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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CLOISONNE ENAMELED SNUFF BOTTLE

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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RED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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GLASS AND PAINTED 'INSECTS' SNUFF BOTTLE

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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GREEN GLASS AND OVERLAY 'CHILONG' SNUFF BOTTLE

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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WHITE GLASS AND PAINTED 'DUCKS' SNUFF BOTTLE

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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WHITE GLASS AND PAINTED 'HORSE' SNUFF BOTTLE

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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JADEITE CARVED SNUFF BOTTLE

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$200 (1 bid)

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WHITE JADE CARVED SNUFF BOTTLE

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$550 (1 bid)

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JADEITE PIXIU SNUFF BOTTLE WITH CERTIFICATE

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$375 (starting bid)

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JADE CARVED SNUFF BOTTLE

July 29, 2016, 3:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Four snuff bottles, Bavarian

July 30, 2016, 10:00 AM CET
Mutterstadt, Germany

€200 (starting bid)

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Drei Snuffbottles?China, 20. Jh.?Plattflaschen aus Milchglas bzw. Porzellan

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM CET
Bamberg, Germany

€150 (starting bid)

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Teedose?China, Qing-Dynastie, 19. Jh.?Sechseckige Form mit zylindrischem St

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM CET
Bamberg, Germany

€100 (starting bid)

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A SCOTTISH HORN SNUFF MULE.

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM BST
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£90 (starting bid)

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A SCOTTISH HORN SNUFF MULE.

July 30, 2016, 11:00 AM BST
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£90 (starting bid)

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5 Chinese Snuff Bottles inc. White Jade

July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM EST
Knoxville , TN, USA

$350 (starting bid)

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2 Chinese Snuff Bottles inc. amber

July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM EST
Knoxville , TN, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Chinese Peking Glass Snuff Bottle.

July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM EST
Columbia, MD, USA

$80 (1 bid)

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Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Snuff Bottle.

July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM EST
Columbia, MD, USA

$90 (2 bids)

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Chinese Peking Glass Snuff Bottle.

July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM EST
Columbia, MD, USA

$80 (starting bid)

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Chinese Peking Glass Snuff Bottle.

July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM EST
Columbia, MD, USA

$80 (starting bid)

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Chinese Carved Jade Snuff Bottle.

July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM EST
Columbia, MD, USA

$650 (21 bids)

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Chinese Enamel Snuff Bottle.

July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM EST
Columbia, MD, USA

$100 (2 bids)

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Chinese Enamel Glass Snuff Bottle.

July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM EST
Columbia, MD, USA

$80 (1 bid)

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Chinese Carved Agate Snuff Bottle.

July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM EST
Columbia, MD, USA

$80 (starting bid)

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Chinese Jade Snuff Bottle

July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM EST
Columbia, MD, USA

$100 (1 bid)

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Chinese Glass Snuff Bottle.

July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM EST
Columbia, MD, USA

$100 (1 bid)

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Chinese Enameled Glass Snuff Bottle, Qianlong Mark.

July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM EST
Columbia, MD, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Chinese Agate Snuff Bottle

July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM EST
Columbia, MD, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Snuff Bottle collection and Dragon, 12 pcs

July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM EST
Knoxville , TN, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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6 Porcelain Snuff Bottles

July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM EST
Knoxville , TN, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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7 Asian Snuff Bottles

July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM EST
Knoxville , TN, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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Chinese Jade & Snuff Bottles & 1 other

July 30, 2016, 9:00 AM EST
Knoxville , TN, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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