Peking Glass is actually an art form, and differs greatly from carved glass from other countries or even other regions. It starts with a one-color glass base, dipped into contrasting colored glass one layer at a time. The artist then carves away portions of the overlaid glass to reveal layers of other colors underneath, in traditional as well as original designs. It is a lengthy and tedious process that is time-consuming and labor intensive. However, the result is beautiful, detailed and highly collectible. I've always loved the Foo Dogs, and this one is quite appealing. The stopper is intact with a metal spoon, and a coral bead top.
Country of Origin: China.
Size: 2 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches.
Condition: Very Good. Metal Spoon.
Peking Glass snuff bottles originated in the Imperial Forbidden City during the Qing Dynasty, when the western habit of using powder-formed tobacco gained popularity in high society in China. The Imperial Workshop would produce tiny bottles, called snuff bottles, for carrying tobacco for use by the royal family, or as gifts to civil and military ministers of the royal court, and foreign diplomats. Over time this form of art slipped out of the Forbidden City and rooted and grew in the society of the common people.
The Qing rulers, princes and ministers were ardent collectors of glass curios. With their financial support and a steady supply of labor, glass production at the Imperial glassworks went smoothly for some 200 years. In the eyes of the people, glass was as valuable as precious treasures.
Due to the origin and the decorative nature of snuff bottles, they have become highly collectable. Rare and valuable antique snuff bottles change hands for high prices in Hong Kong and elsewhere. However, high quality contemporary snuff bottles are also sought after. Peking Glass as a form of art thrived along the same course as snuff bottles. In fact, all Peking Glass is referred to as Qianlong Glass in Japanese art society.
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