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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 CHINESE AMBER STYLE SNUFF BOTTLE, decorated with figural landscape scenes, 2.4in high.

February 22, 2017, 12:00 PM GMT
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£20 (starting bid)

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A CHINESE INTERIOR PAINTED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE, 2.9in high overall.

February 22, 2017, 12:00 PM GMT
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£20 (starting bid)

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A CHINESE FAMILLE NOIRE PORCELAIN DRAGON SNUFF BOTTLE, 2.3in high.

February 22, 2017, 12:00 PM GMT
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£20 (starting bid)

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A CHINESE BLUE GLAZED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE, 2.3in high.

February 22, 2017, 12:00 PM GMT
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£20 (starting bid)

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A CHINESE CLEAR GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE & TIGER'S EYE STOPPER, 2.8in high.

February 22, 2017, 12:00 PM GMT
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£20 (starting bid)

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A CHINESE RED OVERLAY GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE & STOPPER, decorated with roosters and a seal mark, 2.8in high.

February 22, 2017, 12:00 PM GMT
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£15 (starting bid)

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A CHINESE INTERIOR DECORATED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE & STOPPER, portraying a historical figure, 3.3in high.

February 22, 2017, 12:00 PM GMT
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£55 (starting bid)

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A Chinese light brown glass snuff bottle, 19th century

February 22, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Philadelphia, PA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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A group of five Chinese hardstone snuff bottles, 20th century

February 22, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Philadelphia, PA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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A group of six Chinese jade,nephrite and hardstone snuff bottles, 20th century

February 22, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Philadelphia, PA, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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A group of three Chinese silver-embellished snuff bottles,

February 22, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Philadelphia, PA, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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Three Chinese carved snuff bottles,

February 22, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Philadelphia, PA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Two Chinese jadeite snuff bottles, late 19th century

February 22, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Philadelphia, PA, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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Three Chinese snuff bottles, 20th century

February 22, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Philadelphia, PA, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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A Chinese blue, white and red porcelain snuff bottle, 20th century

February 22, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Philadelphia, PA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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A Chinese carved two-tone agate ''qilong and bat'' snuff bottle, 19th/20th century

February 22, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Philadelphia, PA, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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A Chinese carved two-tone agate ''goldfish'' snuff bottle, 19th/20th century

February 22, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Philadelphia, PA, USA

$400 (starting bid)

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Two Chinese carved cinnabar lacquer or resin snuff bottles, 20th century

February 22, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Philadelphia, PA, USA

$10 (1 bid)

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A Chinese inside painted glass ''landscape'' snuff bottle, bearing signature of ding er zhong

February 22, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Philadelphia, PA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Group Chinese Snuff Bottles

February 22, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Woodbury, CT, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Two Small Asian Carved Items

February 22, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Woodbury, CT, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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Four Chinese Glass & Porcelain Snuff Bottles

February 22, 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Woodbury, CT, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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TABATIÈRE EN AGATE SILHOUETTE, CHINE, XIXe SIÈCLE

February 22, 2017, 6:00 PM CET
Paris, France

€500 (starting bid)

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TABATIÈRE EN JADÉITE, CHINE, DÉBUT DU XXe SIÈCLE

February 22, 2017, 6:00 PM CET
Paris, France

€600 (1 bid)

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3 flacoane de opium sau tutun / 3 bottles for opium or tabaco

February 22, 2017, 7:30 PM EET
Bucharest, Romania

€70 (starting bid)

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6 flacoane pentru opium sau tutun / 6 bottles for opium or tabaco

February 22, 2017, 7:30 PM EET
Bucharest, Romania

€150 (starting bid)

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3 flacoane pentru opium sau tutun / 3 vials for opium or tobacco in jade

February 22, 2017, 7:30 PM EET
Bucharest, Romania

€50 (starting bid)

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Republic Ivory Carved Snuff Bottle

February 23, 2017, 10:30 AM AEDT
Sydney, Australia

AUD300 (starting bid)

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Republic Ivory Carved Snuff Bottle

February 23, 2017, 10:30 AM AEDT
Sydney, Australia

AUD100 (starting bid)

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Lot 2 Snuffbottle, China approx. 1910s

February 23, 2017, 11:00 AM CET
Mutterstadt, Germany

€160 (starting bid)

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Lot 2 snuffbottles, China approx. 1910

February 23, 2017, 11:00 AM CET
Mutterstadt, Germany

€160 (starting bid)

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Freshwater Pearl Multistrand Necklace with Mother-of-Pearl Snuff Bottle Locket

February 23, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
New York, NY, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Group of Three Jade Objets, Nephrite and Gold Pendant and Jade Snuff Bottle

February 23, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
New York, NY, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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Fine Chinese Jade Snuff Bottle Carved Eight Horses

February 23, 2017, 2:00 PM EST
Richmond Hill, ON, Canada

$800 (starting bid)

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Chinese Peach Jade Snuff Bottle Carved Bat & Bates

February 23, 2017, 2:00 PM EST
Richmond Hill, ON, Canada

$150 (starting bid)

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Chinese Lapis Lazuli Snuff Bottle Carved Horse

February 23, 2017, 2:00 PM EST
Richmond Hill, ON, Canada

$50 (starting bid)

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Chinese Milky White Peking Glass Snuff Bottle

February 23, 2017, 2:00 PM EST
Richmond Hill, ON, Canada

$50 (starting bid)

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Fine Chinese Peking Glass Snuff Bottle

February 23, 2017, 2:00 PM EST
Richmond Hill, ON, Canada

$100 (starting bid)

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2 PC Chinese Inner Painting Snuff Bottle

February 23, 2017, 2:00 PM EST
Richmond Hill, ON, Canada

$200 (starting bid)

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Set 12 Chinese Famille Rose Snuff Bottles Qianlong

February 23, 2017, 2:00 PM EST
Richmond Hill, ON, Canada

$400 (starting bid)

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CHINESE CINNABAR SNUFF BOTTLE

February 23, 2017, 4:00 PM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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CHINESE PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE

February 23, 2017, 4:00 PM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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CHINESE PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE

February 23, 2017, 4:00 PM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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CHINESE REVERSE PAINT CHINESE SNUFF BOTTLE

February 23, 2017, 4:00 PM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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EROTIC REVERSE PAINT SNUFF BOTTLE, SPOON/SCOOPER

February 23, 2017, 4:00 PM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$500 (starting bid)

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CHINESE REVERSE PAINT SNUFF BOTTLE

February 23, 2017, 4:00 PM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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CHINESE DECORATED SNUFF BOTTLE

February 23, 2017, 4:00 PM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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CHINESE PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE WITH NO COVER

February 23, 2017, 4:00 PM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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CHINESE REVERSE PAINT SNUFF BOTTLE

February 23, 2017, 4:00 PM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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CHINESE PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE WITH NO COVER

February 23, 2017, 4:00 PM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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A RARE LATE 19TH CENTURY CHINESE CARVED RED CORAL SNUFF BOTTLE AND STOPPER

February 24, 2017, 9:00 AM GMT
Selborne, United Kingdom

£300 (starting bid)

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