Hand Painted Chinese snuff bottles have been a kind of Chinese art for 200 years. We found this one within a small collection, in a country market in France.
This is a beautiful little bottle with an unusual shape. The sides have two indentations used to hold the bottle with two fingers while dipping out the snuff. The bottle is made of thick clear and yellow glass. The stopper is of orange glass. Each flat side has a beautiful bird hand painted on the reverse side of the glass. One side depicts an exquisite red bird, with a black head and a forked tail, perched in a wooded setting. The second side depicts a pretty mandarin duck swimming in a pond filled with lotus blossoms.
The stopper has a small cork to which a hand carved ivory spoon is attached. The bottle measures:3 1/2" high, 2 1/2" wide (at widest point), 1 3/8" wide across the bottom and 7/8" thick.
It is is good condition with minor wear. The inside (see picture of bottle bottom) glass bottle has an irregular area within the glass but it does not appear to be a crack, just an irregular place in the blown glass. The outside has minimal wear as is typical with age (the edges of the round, flat portions are slight rough in places.
It is a colorful and beautiful little bottle with an interesting history.
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