This figural snuff bottle is very finely hand-carved out of black coral. It shows the shape of a tree stump on which there is an outsized peach. (In Chinese tradition the peach is a symbol for longevity.) The stopper is very nice as well. It has a hand carved cinnabar lacquer top set on a Mother of Pearl platform, with the metal spoon present. Its figural shape is short with a cylindrical neck and flattened base.
Country of Origin: China.
Circa: 1800 – 1850.
Material: Hand carved black coral. Carved cinnabar lacquer stopper with a Mother of Pearl platform. Metal spoon.
Size: Height including the stopper is 2.6 inches.
Condition: Bottle comes in Very Good to Excellent Condition with natural hairlines. Mother of pearl platform of stopper shows some chips.
Provenance: I purchased this about 7 or 8 years ago from Alexander Zacke, who was a long-time European antique dealer. He has subsequently founded Auctionata.
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