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 !

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Inkplay in Microcosm, Inside Painted Chinese Snuff Bottles, The Humphrey K.F. Hui Collection

"Inkplay in Microcosm, Inside Painted Chinese Snuff Bottles, The Humphrey K.F. Hui Collection"..
Extra large, 333 action packed pages covering a comprehensive selection of 156 inside painted bottles of 31 artist spanning from Jiaqing of the Qing to the Republic. There is a pretty cool part in the beginning that talks about and gives examples to paintings, seal stones, and carvings that most are not aware that ding Ezhrong was well versed in.. Also sketches by Ye Zhongsan..
If your familiar with Peter Lams article about Gan Xuan within the October 2002 Arts of Asia magazine, this book has parts of that, but goes much deeper covering Gan Xuan to the fullest..
A must have book if your passionate about Early and Middle Period IP artists.. I am thrilled to finally have a copy..

The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle: The J & J Collection

Another Christmas at the Post Office today ! "The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle: The J & J Collection", and Wow !! So glad I decided to get this two volume set .. Fabulous !

Monday, November 17, 2014

Famille Noir Porcelain Chinese Snuff Bottle

Late 18th / Early 19th, Daoguang, 1796 to 1850. 

Tengu Demon Motif
The earliest pictures of Tengu show him with an avian beak and feathers and these two versions of Tengu persist today as “dai Tengu” or “great tengu” and “karasu Tengu” or “crow Tengu” who is a “lesser Tengu” and still in training.

2 1/2" tall.. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Famille Rose Enamel on Blue and White Porcelain Snuff Bottle / Jiaqing

Was a wonderful day to "go on the hunt".. This one arrived, and am very happy !

Imperial, Jingdezhen Kilns, Jiaqing four character iron red and of the period (1796 - 1820).
This style of decoration began in the late Qianlong period at the Imperial kilns at Jingdezhen and continued well into the Jiaqing period.

Researching similar bottles, could not help but notice that "Romance of the Western Chambers" scenes like the one painted on this bottle were very popular among the famille rose enamel on blue and white porcelain type bottles of this period..

2 1/8" tall.....

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Master Artist Suo Zhenhai Painted Chinese Snuff Bottle

Although this 3 1/4"  bottle is not signed/dated, forum member, "eagle eye" Steven, spotted the Yi Shi seal, which is an art name for Modern period Master artist, Suo Zhenhai. Although the paintings on this bottle are not the best examples of his work, I would never have been able to afford a known/signed SZH bottle. Big thank you to Steven for spotting and then sharing the auction listing with me ..

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tongzhi or Guangxu Famille Rose on Porcelain

2 3/4", enamel on porcelain, variation of longevity symbol in iron red overglaze  ( 3 x's ) around this round ovoid body with key pattern, also in iron red on a short neck. Formalized lingzhi around shoulder, with lozenge or paddles around base with recessed foot, and Qianlong Nian Zhi mark in iron red regular script. Glazed inside and out..

Tongzhi or Guangxu, circa 1862-1900.

Special thank you to forum members, Giovanni, and Tom B.  An especially informative post by Tom B can be read here.. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Chinese Snuff Bottle by Zhang Yu

It is rare, but sometimes an extra nicely painted Modern bottle is signed by an artist real name, or art name that there is absolutely no record of.. An artist that in this case is of a much higher caliber than a student. Perhaps not that of a Master, but not far from it.. These painted bronze vessels are signed Zhang Yu, and also signs off as, "Master of the Fine Craft Studio" ( 精艺轩主人 ) which I learned means nothing more than it came from a small, maybe even a one person studio. It is not dated, but estimated as recent as ten years. The date and all the info above was shared with me by a couple of collector friends.. Thank you Steven, Richard, Peter, and Inn Bok.

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 Daoist Immortals, incorporating dangling tasseled, and beaded cords suspended from the shoulder-bands. Decorated with the Baijixiang or Eight Buddhist auspicious symbols including the Buddhist "Wheel of Law." Guyue Xuan mark in iron red regular script.

Private sale available....

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..