I thought this was a stone snuff bottle until I read ‘The Right Snuff: Decoding Chinese Snuff Bottles’ by Maribeth Keane; her article was both interesting and very informative. This could very well be a stone-carved bottle, however, the Chinese were very good at making imitation stone bottles also.
Stone or porcelain bottles were used because the glass snuff bottles could easily shatter in the cold. Imitation bottles were made to look like stones such as agate, coral, or jade. It is difficult to tell what this is made of, either way, it is delightful to look upon.
This exquisite snuff bottle features, carved grapes, vines, and animals; possibly small primates? This has the original spoon which is still intact with the pink cabochon cap. This measures about 3″ tall by 2″ wide. The cap and spoon measure 2″ long.
This is in decent display condition. It appears to have a repair on one side. There is a chip at the top of the bottle. There is a crack on the side. There are a few pinholes and spots throughout the bottle. The pink cabochon stone is a little loose. The spoon appears to have been reattached. The stone has a small chip and a small black mark. Please see the pictures for more details.
Own a small piece of Chinese History with this Stunning Hand-Carved Snuff Bottle.