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Antique Chinese Bone Snuff Bottle
A handsome example, it comes from a Parisian collection and dates from 1900-1910. It is a single bottle, we have pictured both sides in our main photo.
Both the stopper cap and bottle body are entirely made of hand-carved bone. The frog and lizard designs have scrimshaw work in the backgrounds. The lizard has been colored black. He stands on leaves and branches and is very interested in a little dragonfly that floats past him. The frog has been colored bright green and black and he, too is fascinated with a little dragonfly. There is a hand carved, incised border line around the top, bottom and underneath of the piece (a sign of quality). The stopper has a carved bone spoon.
The piece remains in very good condition, with no visible cracks or chips. It measures: 3" tall, 1 1/8" wide across the bottom, 4 1/4" circumference at the widest shoulder point.
It is an exquisite, hand made example, with much time and effort having been placed into the amusing design and finish.