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.
It is a heavy bottle for it's size, made of thick glass. There are five different Chinese bulls painted on the two sides, with Chinese writing and symbols beside each one. The images are reverse painted on the glass and the detail is amazing. The inside glass has been painted in a background color of salmon, which radiates through the clear outer glass. The stopper is of bright green glass. It has a white stopper (it is somewhat paper-like, thick and rather like the filter part of a cigarette). There is no spoon attached and there is no evidence that there was a spoon attached.
The bottle is in very good condition with no visible chips or cracks. The stopper does have two slight chips on the outside edge, these are old and have grown smooth from age and use. It measures: 3 3/4" tall, 3 3/4" wide (at widest point), 2 7/16" wide at the bottom, 1" thick.
It is a beautiful and very interesting Chinese piece.
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French Antiques: 19th Century French Smalls: Gilded Figural Bronze Accessories, Majolica, Engravings, Chocolate Molds