This is just my little online hole in the wall snuff bottle collecting journal..

This is my second go around with collecting these little gems.


Started collecting again about March of 2011.Seem to go through the same trials and tribulations as I did the first time I collected. Found myself buying bottles that soon lost their appeal. Now, several months later, have sold off most all of those first bottles. Have settled into collecting Middle Period inside painted bottles. Although I do have a few gemstone type bottles.

When I started to collect again, there was one important thing missing.. That was the ability to share with and learn from other collectors. Searched the internet and found nothing specific to the Chinese type snuff bottles. As a result, created a fun and informative forum for other collectors like myself to share our bottle collecting experiences. It is called the
Snuff Bottle Discussion Forum. If you are a collector, hope you will stop by and join in the fun !

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Yong Shou Tian Painted Chinese Snuff Bottle

Yong Shou Tian 永寿田 sometimes signed 永受田 like this bottle..  Same pronunciation.

The front side of this 3 3/8" tall bottle depicts "Demons of Blackwater River Carrying Away the Master", The legend tells the story of how the Monkey became a god.

One day the Master suddenly exclaimed: “What is that noise?” Sun replied: “You are afraid; you have forgotten the Heart Prayer, according to which we are to be indifferent to all the calls of the six senses—the eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind. These are the Six Thieves. If you cannot suppress them, how do you expect to see the Great Lord?” The Master thought a while and then said: “O disciple, when shall we see the Incarnate Model (Ju Lai) face to face?”

Pa-chieh said: “If we are to meet such demons as these, it will take us a thousand years to get to the West.” But Sha Ho-shang rejoined: “Both you and I are stupid; if we persevere and travel on, shoulder to shoulder, we shall reach there at last.” While thus talking, they saw before them a dark river in flood, which the horse could not cross. Seeing a small boat, the Master said: “Let us engage that boat to take us across.” While crossing the river in it, they discovered that it was a boat sent by the Demon of Blackwater River to entrap them in midstream, and the Master would have been slain had not Sun and the Western Dragon come to the rescue.


This reverse side is painted warrior scene
 
 



Thursday, July 17, 2014

18th Century Guyue Xuan Enamel On Glass Chinese Snuff Bottle

A very lucky, and rare recent find..

18th Century Guyue Xuan Enamel On Glass.

(ref. Mysteries of the Ancient Moon ) This from a well known, and long accepted as a genuine decorative group of enameled glasswares from the later part of the Qianlong reign ( 1760-1780 ). The article labels these as, "Experimental Guyue Xuan Wares" ( pic added from article ). Typical Mid-Qianlong neck-bands and enamels. Decorated with the emblems of the Eight Daohist Immortals, incorporating dangling tasseled, and beaded cords suspended from the shoulder-bands. Guyue Xuan mark in iron red regular script.

Private sale available, or off to the auction block in a few months.... !






Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mongolian Style Snuff Bottle

I was not so sure this a snuff bottle when purchased, but found it interesting and very well made.

The bottom 3/4" section is a solid piece of bone all the way through the bottle.. So the only hollow section is the 1 3/4" on top of that.

The overall appearance makes me think it Mongolian or Tibetan made, but there is nothing within the carvings that give me any clue to an origin, and the motif on the base reminds me nothing of either styles.. Maybe someone can place that motif ?

I think it is very well made, and appears to be silver. Although I have not tested it, having some experience with silversmithing, it sure appears to be solid (.999 ), or sterling ( .925 ) silver.

There is absolutely no smell of any kind within..

2 3/4" tall including the stopper with lapis cabochon.




Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Blue Underglaze Porcelain Chinese Snuff Bottle / 19th Century

Somewhat carelessly painted, yet fairly well defined. Bottles like this Late 19th Century, 3" tall one were common, and the results of artists / shops producing many in a single day so the cost could be kept low for each.





Sunday, May 25, 2014

Inside Painted Chinese Snuff Bottle / Yi Fan / Guo Zonggen

Not a big collector of Very Modern ( VM ) painted bottles. Although the exception are those painted using the same fundamentals applied with traditional methods as used by the Great ancient Master artists of scroll/silk paintings.. I will likely purchase more of the same landscape themed bottles in the future.

Like these landscape scenes painted by Guo Zonggen, and signed using his art name, Yi Fan, dated 2004. 

The actual painting surface/area is only 1 1/2" X 1" ..

Script reads in part, "visiting a friend, a retreat/place to stay in Autumn".





Monday, May 19, 2014

Cream Colored Crackle Porcelain Ge Ware Type Chinese Snuff Bottle

19th Century cream colored crackle porcelain Ge Ware type snuff bottle

Forum discussion.... 

2 1/2" tall..



 

Chinese Medicine Bottles

Something a little out of the norm for my collecting, but they are interesting, and old.. Gotta love an old bottle!

 In the early 1900's Opium was considered a magical quack medicine cure.

Not sure what causes it, but the glass has an appearance like that of an abalone shell, or opal when held in the light just right.. Very pretty..

2 1/2" tall...


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dark Green Mottled Glass Snuff Bottle

Dark green, hand blown, mottled glass body with Mongolian style gilded metal photo frames, encrusted with turquoise, jade, and coral cabochons.

The bottle as a whole is a bit perplexing for me. I want to date the dark green blown, mottled glass to early 1900's, but the obvious much newer Mongolian style gilded photo frames are much newer.. Likely as recent as post 1950.


Yong Shoutian / Liu Qiao Inside Painted Chinese Snuff Bottle

This 2 1/2" tall flattened rectangular shaped, warrior theme bottle, although signed Yong Shoutian, is not likely.. Not really Yong Shoutian's style. This is the first bottle of this shape and smaller size I have ever seen signed/painted by him..

With Stevens help on forum, we believe it is painted by  Liu Qiao.  Little is known about Liu Qiao except he is an artist pre 1950's.

There is a crack on the outer part of the neck ..




Monday, March 3, 2014

Tang Tzuchuan Inside Painted Chinese Snuff Bottle

Painted during Tang Tzuchuan's first year 1892, of his five years ( 1892- 1896 ) painting..  Truly a Master painter, even in his first year !

There are 5 different kind of fish painted, 4 great Chinese river fish. A Li gui nian yong ( carp ), and catfish both painted with quite a whimsical sense of humor.. Also mandarin fish, Hypophthalmichthys ( silver carp ), and goldfish.

2 1/2" tall..




Thursday, February 27, 2014

Inside Painted Chinese Snuff Bottle / Poem

The one side is from a painting by Ma Yuan called, "Scholar By A Waterfall". Although have also seen it called, Watching the Deer by a Pine Shaded Stream".

The reverse side shows three court ladies that appear to be painted at the same waterfall/stream, but not sure the connection..

The poem written by Tang Poet Du Mu, it can be translated "The stone footpath is tilted on the upper distant cold mountain, in between the white cloud there appears a household" ( Thank you Steven )..

2 3/4" less stopper..





Saturday, February 15, 2014

Inside Painted Chinese Snuff Bottle / Shandong School

Shandong bottle with a poem by Meng Hao-jan that reads,

Sleeping in Spring oblivious to dawn, everywhere I hear birds, after the wind and rain last night, I wonder how many petals fell.

Painted 1915, followed by "Painted in Summer"






Friday, February 7, 2014

Dendritic Moss Opalite Chinese Snuff Bottle

Have cabbed some similar Opalite from the Northwestern Missouri's Ogallala Formation.. It can be found in other locations around the US including the Northwest.

Often it is brecciated and then healed, likely from earth movements when the opal was in the firm gel state, resulting in small pathways to form in the opalite. Also allowing the manganese oxide impurities in that form these dark, branching deposits that look like small mosses in the opal.

2 1/8" less the 5/8" carnelian stopper, and concave base.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Inside Painted Chinese Snuff Bottle Zhou Leyuan

Script can be read, "zuo yu du men" which means painted in Du men (Beijing), signed Zhou Leyuan.

2 1/2" less stopper.


 





Thursday, January 16, 2014

Snuff Bottle Spoon / Chopsticks On A Button !

Never seen anything like this stopper / ( spoon ? ) before.. 

It is like chopsticks attached to a button. The idea must have been to simply poke the sticks into the bottle, and what ever snuff was trapped within the sticks is what ya got..

Odd, unique, unusual, and interesting piece ..

2 1/4"



Inside Painted Amber Glass Chinese Snuff Bottle

Sometimes they are not real fancy, but just neat old bottles !

Tallest One is 2 5/8"

Dated 1930 to 1950..


 

 


Inside Painted Amber Glass Chinese Snuff Bottle

1850 to 1870 amber colored inside painted glass bottle..

2 1/2"

Forum discussion topic...






Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Xiao Shan Inside Painted Chinese Snuff Bottle

Signed by Shandong school artist, Xiao Shan ( thank you Steven ).

Dated 1936 with poem by Tang Period poet Liu Yuxi..

"Any mountain can be famous with the presence of an immortal, and any river can be holy with the presence of a dragon"

2 3/8"