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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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Rare Chinese antique export tortoise shell snuff box

May 16, 2016, 3:30 PM PST
Anaheim, CA, USA

$150 (starting bid)

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3 pieces of ivory carvings

May 16, 2016, 3:30 PM PST
Anaheim, CA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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A porcelain snuff box decorated with Cupid and Psyche

May 20, 2016, 10:30 AM CET
Cologne, Germany

€700 (starting bid)

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White Jade Snuff Bottle

May 20, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Online, PA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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White Jade Snuff Bottle

May 20, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Online, PA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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White Jade Snuff Bottle

May 20, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Online, PA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Chinese Cloisonne Snuff Bottle,18th-19th Century

May 20, 2016, 10:30 AM CST
St. Louis, MO, USA

$600 (starting bid)

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Metal Snuff Bottle w/ Carved Scenes & Stones

May 21, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Vienna, VA, USA

$10 (starting bid)

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Group of Various Chinese Jade Snuff Bottles

May 21, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Geneseo, NY, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Victorian Snuff Box & Chinese Silver Card Case

May 21, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
Geneseo, NY, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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CHINESE JADEITE CARVED SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 1:00 PM EST
West Palm Beach, FL, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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CHINESE CARVED CARNELIAN & JADE SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 1:00 PM EST
West Palm Beach, FL, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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SMALL CHINESE HARDSTONE SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 1:00 PM EST
West Palm Beach, FL, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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A WHITE AND BLUE REVOLVING FIGURES SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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A CONGLOMERATE 'GOLD INGOT' SHAPED SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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AN ENAMELLED 'FLOWERS AND BIRDS' GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$1,900 (starting bid)

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A GOLD-FLECKED MULTICOLOR GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$225 (starting bid)

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A PEKING RED 'WAN' GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$1,100 (starting bid)

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A YELLOW GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$2,300 (starting bid)

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A WHITE JADE 'MAGPIE UPON PLUM' SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$450 (starting bid)

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AN AGATE EMBELLISHED FIGURE SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$1,100 (starting bid)

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A BEIJING ENAMEL 'EUROPEAN FIGURE' SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$1,900 (starting bid)

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A BLACK OVERLAY GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$450 (starting bid)

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A CORAL FOSSIL CARVED SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$225 (starting bid)

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A BLUE AND WHITE ' PINE TREE AND CRANE' SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$900 (starting bid)

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A MOSS GREEN SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$225 (starting bid)

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AN ENAMELED GLASS 'KATYDID' SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$225 (starting bid)

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A YELLOW AND GREEN GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$225 (starting bid)

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A MULTI-COLOR GLASS OVERLAY SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$450 (starting bid)

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A PURPLE GLASS OVERLAY SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$450 (starting bid)

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YANG ZHONGLIANG: AN INSIDE-PAINTED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$450 (starting bid)

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AN INSIDE PAINTED SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$225 (starting bid)

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A CLEVERLY CARVED AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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A BLUE AND WHITE 'EROTIC SCENE' SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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AN ENAMEL 'BUTTERFLIES FLOWERS' GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$1,100 (starting bid)

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A 'MANDARIN DUCK AND LOTUS' BAMBOO SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$225 (starting bid)

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A CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$900 (starting bid)

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A JADE CARVED 'SEAL SCRIPT' SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$450 (starting bid)

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A CLEAR CRYSTAL SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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A YELLOW PEKING GLASS WITH BLACK OVERLAY BUCKET SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$225 (starting bid)

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A FAMILLE ROSE MOULDED EROTIC SCENE SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$225 (starting bid)

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AN AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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A FAMILLE ROSE 'EROTIC SCENE' PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$225 (starting bid)

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A SET OF THREE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLES

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$450 (1 bid)

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A WHITE JADE 'MANDARIN DUCKS' SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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A SHADOW AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
El Monte, CA, USA

$225 (starting bid)

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AN AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
San Marino, CA, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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AN ENAMELLED BRONZE SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
San Marino, CA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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A PEKING GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 2:00 PM PST
San Marino, CA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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CLOISONNE ENAMELED 'WESTERNERS' SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 5:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$500 (starting bid)

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CLOISONNE ENAMELED DOUBLE GOURD SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 5:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 5:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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AGATE CARVED SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 5:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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INSIDE PAINTED 'PUPPIES' SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 5:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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INSIDE PAINTED 'EMPRESS' SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 5:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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INSIDE PAINTED AND GLASS OVERLAY SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 5:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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NEPHRITE JADE SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 5:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

May 21, 2016, 5:00 PM PST
San Gabriel, CA, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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