Our Best Jade Figural Snuff Bottle with Birds

We were thrilled to acquire this special snuff bottle. It is carved jade with two birds. There is a bird perched atop each shoulder of the bottle.

There are several other features of this bottle that set it apart from others. One is the beautiful form. Another is the unusual detail of the carve birds done masterfully. Hard to see in the photos, but there is a lot of minute detailing on each of the birds. There are incised details depicting the feathers and even the delicate feet are finely articulated.

The face of the bottle is perfectly smooth while the reverse side has a medallion in the center with Chinese characters. We do not know the meaning of these characters - they may be identifying the maker or the reign. We do think this bottle was made in the 19th century. We have not seen another like it.

The foot base is flat. A third interesting feature is that rather than a spoon, which is most often found with the snuff bottles, this cap has been threaded and it screws into the base. As can be seen in the photos the color of the cap is slightly lighter than the body.

Lastly, there are small piercings on either side of the neck at the point where the bird's necks line up with the bottom of the neck. This would allow for a chain to be fashioned for it so it could be worn as a pendant!

The bottle is beautifully polished smooth and shiney. It measures 2" high x 1 5/8" wide.

Note that the last photo shows a group of snuff bottles. Some may still be available for sale and would be listed separately.

Item ID: twt2983


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