THIS LISTING IS FOR A NICE CHINESE QING DYNASTY REVERSE PAINTED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE, c. LATE 19th TO EARLY 20th CENTURY.
UNUSUAL REVERSE PAINTED GLASS BOTTLE WITH ELABORATE DESIGN FEATURING LARGE GREEN PRAYING MANTUS WITH WHITE AND YELLOW BUTTERFLIES. THE REVERSE HAS A SIMILIAR DESIGN WITH SMALLER GREEN CRICKET WITH THREE ASSORTED WHITE BUTTERFLIES AND SIMILIAR BACKGROUND. COLORED JEWELED DECORATION ON TOP OF STOPPER COMPLETE WITH ATTACHED SPOON.
THE CONDITION IS EXCELLENT WITH NO NOTED DAMAGE OR REPAIRS. DISC SHAPED BOTTLE, MEASURES 2 1/2" HIGH, 1 7/8" WIDE AND 7/8 DEEP. DURING THE 17th CENTURY, THE TAKING OF SNUFF BECAME A POPULAR CHINESE PRACTICE. ALTHOUGH IT WAS NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR THE CHINESE TO SMOKE TOBACCO, SNUFF WAS CONSIDERED MEDICINAL. ACCORDINGLY, THE SNUFF BOTTLE DEVELOPED IN THE LATTER PART OF THE CENTURY AND WAS BASED ON THE CONCEPTS OF THE CHINESE MEDICINE BOTTLES (YAO PING).
MANY OF THESE CABINET BOTTLES WERE NOT WELL HOLLOWED. AT THE SAME TIME, MOTIFS WERE MORE FLAMBOYANT. TODAY, SNUFF BOTTLES ARE HIGHLY PRIZED AND COLLECTED WORLDWIDE. Have been in the Antiques business for over 30 years and try to describe our items as accurately as possible. We are happy to answer any questions and always appreciate your business!
CHINESE QING DYNASTY REVERSE PAINTED SNUFF BOTTLE, PRAYING MANTUS" is in sale since Monday, May 6, 2013. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Snuff Bottles". The seller is "antiquesandmooresales" and is located in Arlington, Texas. This item can be shipped worldwide.