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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 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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CARVED HORN SNUFF BOTTLE

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

$650 (starting bid)

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OVERLAY GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

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

$200 (starting bid)

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Rare Antique Taddy & Company Brand Tobacco & Snuff Stoneware Jar

May 30, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Victor, NY, USA

$25 (starting bid)

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