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1  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Glass Snuff Bottles / Re: Easter Bunny Realgar Glass Bottle on: April 03, 2018, 05:47:31 am

Dear Rube,
you are killing me with envy! Since long I am looking for a bottle of this type but have never found one.

Kind regards
Giovanni
2  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Gem, Stone, Rock and Fossil / Re: Agate carved with Peacock and dog. on: April 03, 2018, 05:44:32 am
Nice one dear Adrian. I agree with you. Although the carving is very nice, it would be better if not there, due to the already complicated pattern of the stone.
Kind regards
Giovanni
3  General Category / General Forum Information and Guides / Re: HAPPY PASSOVER & HAPPY EASTER ! on: April 01, 2018, 12:54:47 pm
There is something wrong with this topic, it is not possible to read all the posts. Only few of thems appears here.
4  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Porcelain and Yixing Chinese Snuff Bottles 瓷器和宜兴鼻烟壶 / Re: Porcelain Double Bottle on: March 24, 2018, 02:48:04 am
Dear Rube,
it is not easy to date this bottle, but I believe that Joey is right.
If considering the potting alone, it could be earlier, but the decoration is not. I have never seen the grass painted that way before. And the black lines too looks modern, so I would not date it before than the period suggested by Joey, or even later.
But it is just an opinion.
Kind regards
Giovanni
5  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Glass Snuff Bottles / Re: Lime green flattened octagonal bottle. on: March 20, 2018, 05:21:11 pm
Hi Adrian,
that is not tolerable. What you bought are very small items, not fridges. The seller can’t refuse to combine postage; it is your right to not pay him and let him to keep his bottles.
That is absurd. I am convinced that ebay will be on your side if you will refuse to pay.
Kind regards
Giovanni
6  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Glass Snuff Bottles / Re: Lime green flattened octagonal bottle. on: March 15, 2018, 11:21:50 am
Dear Adrian, you have a special eye for catching glass bottles, congratulations!
Very nice bottle.
While I can't date it, I must say that the more time passes and the more I am believing that glass bottles carved from a solid block is a tale.
Well, I have exaggerated a bit; I can't say that they do not exist, but for sure to me they are much much rarer than what is commonly believed.
Kind regards. Nice bottle!
Giovanni
7  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Porcelain and Yixing Chinese Snuff Bottles 瓷器和宜兴鼻烟壶 / Re: Blue and White Porcelain ID on: March 14, 2018, 03:08:31 am
Dear Charll,
I am glad that we are in line with our opinions, thank you.
Do you mean that slip casting in China could possibly have been adopted even in the late 19th century? It will be interesting to determine that.
Although I think that I have never seen a slip casted 19th century vase, it is possible that the technique was first adopted for small items like the snuff bottles.
Kind regards
Giovanni
 
8  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Porcelain and Yixing Chinese Snuff Bottles 瓷器和宜兴鼻烟壶 / Re: Blue and White Porcelain ID on: March 12, 2018, 01:14:05 pm
Dear Rube,
slip casting technique has been adopted prior to 1976, I don't know exactly when, it should be somewhere in the first half of the 20th C.
For my parameters, I consider a 1976 bottle as modern, although I know that not everybody agree on that.
Kind regards
Giovanni
9  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Porcelain and Yixing Chinese Snuff Bottles 瓷器和宜兴鼻烟壶 / Re: Blue and White Porcelain ID on: March 12, 2018, 11:44:26 am
Dear Rube,
Yes it is decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Just for the report, if it was decorated in cobalt blue and then not covered by the glaze, the decoration would turn out black instead of blue.
I am unsure about the date of your bottle. The appearance of the foot is that of recent bottles, and about the thin body, I am suspecting that it is slip casted.
You could inspect the inside of the bottle with a light. If the inside is very uniform and you do not see joint lines, like for example between the body and the base, then it is more probably slip casted and hence not that old. 
I have the feeling that there are appearing new bottles on the market which are very well decorated, like your one, if it turns out to be modern.
Let’s hear for the opinion of other members.
Kind regards
Giovanni
10  Miscellaneous / Snuff Bottle Books, CD, DVD, Videos / Re: Video of my natural quartz bottles on: March 04, 2018, 04:37:25 pm
Magnificent! And what a great collection of superb bottles. Thank you very much dear Pin.
Kind regards
Giovanni
11  Public Forum Categories and Boards / IP Artists of the Very Modern Period ( 1990 to Present ) / Re: Mu Peng? on: February 26, 2018, 11:32:32 am
Dear Adrian: “I see my incorrect spelling of censer has been censored”. Absolutely brilliant! Just to confirm the opinion I have of you.
BTW, what amaze me is the fact that it is a so common mistake. Yesterday I did a search in Goteborg’s posts. Censers has been mentioned more than 200 times. Among them about one third has been called “censor”.
Kind regards
Giovanni
12  Public Forum Categories and Boards / IP Artists of the Very Modern Period ( 1990 to Present ) / Re: Mu Peng? on: February 25, 2018, 04:56:18 am
Dear Adrian,
your native language is English, right? I must also say that in my not competent opinion (my poor English is self-learned) I always noted your particular use of the language, which denotes a high level of culture, I think.
Now, can you explain what is a mystery to me? I always noted how many native English speakers do say “censor” in place of “censer”. Why that?
It is absolutely strange; a censor is a censor, a censer is a censer. There must be a reason, because it is a very, very common mistake.
Kind regards
Giovanni
13  Public Forum Categories and Boards / IP Artists of the Very Modern Period ( 1990 to Present ) / Re: Mu Peng? on: February 23, 2018, 05:29:59 pm
Dear Rube,
it seems to me that there is no date in the inscription, but our Chinese speaking friends will be more precise on this.
The side shown in the first image is representing a 18th century vase, looking by the general shape and motif, although it is not clear of what type, because of the strange red ground and the decoration in relief.
Instead, on the other side there is a fine, and sought-after Tang style Sancai water pot.
Nice looking bottle!
Kind regards
Giovanni
14  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Inside Painted Chinese Snuff Bottles / Early, Middle and Modern Period Bottles 内画鼻烟壶/早期,中期,现代 / Re: My first IPSB on: February 15, 2018, 02:42:06 pm
Dear Albert, yes, the longest side is 1800 pixels, and because it is the vertical one, it is bigger than the vertical side of the monitors.
Kind regards
Giovanni
15  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Inside Painted Chinese Snuff Bottles / Early, Middle and Modern Period Bottles 内画鼻烟壶/早期,中期,现代 / Re: My first IPSB on: February 14, 2018, 02:24:51 pm
Dear Rube,
you did ask how tall is the bottle.
It is evident, about a half meter, or 20 inches😊 Grin Grin
Dear Albert, seriously speaking now, it is essential to resize the pictures before posting, the ideal size is about 800 pixels. If the image is too big, it is almost impossible to have a correct idea.
Kind regards
Giovanni
16  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Symbolism and Meanings / Re: Help with rebus of an overlay bottle. on: February 14, 2018, 02:17:52 pm
Dear Adrian,
what an interesting bottle you have there. Thank you for showing.
It seems to me that I have already seen somewhere a personage on a bat, but I am not sure.
Giovanni
17  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Glass Snuff Bottles / Re: A glass overlay bottle on: February 14, 2018, 01:59:28 pm
Dear Adrian,
I agree with you about the polishing of this bottle.
It is well polished, but the surface is not even.
Kind regards
Giovanni
18  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Porcelain and Yixing Chinese Snuff Bottles 瓷器和宜兴鼻烟壶 / Re: Cicada snuff bottle. on: February 14, 2018, 01:54:23 pm
Dear Adrian,
much better. Do not be afraid to damage the glaze, you can use a blade with no problem, glaze is hard like glass.
Kind regards
Giovanni
19  Collections / Research / Technical / Re: Trying to trace the provenience of SB bought in the seventies on: February 09, 2018, 10:21:37 am
Dear Joey,
thank you for your nice words. Be sure the same is for me.
Like Samson, I fully agree with you, you are so right.
My passion about Chinese ceramics, which starts about 15 years ago, and then snuff bottles, has deeply modified my life. It brought knowledge about Chinese history and art that I would never have had otherwise. It widened my knowledge of technologies and Art, it allows me to be in contact and exchange information with interesting people from every place in the World; some of them with a larger culture than myself, who enriched me. And I got the pleasure to personally meet some of them.
Kind regards
 Giovanni
20  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Glass Snuff Bottles / Re: A glass overlay bottle on: February 07, 2018, 02:59:35 pm
Dear Samson and all,
I continue having the feeling that “Imperial” is used a little too easily in the snuff bottles field.
Dear Samson your bottle is a really nice one, finely carved and polished, but why could be imperial?
I do not see the reason for that. As said by Joey, the subject motif is really important in Imperial ware.
This bottle has not a definite traditional subject.
On the first side seen here, there is a lotus, then another three which type is not clear to me, but not peony for sure. Then a bird which too is not clear: it lacks the long tail for being a phoenix, and it has an extra tuft for being a crane. Plus other two things in the sky, which looks like fishes but then it would be a non sense; probably small birds?
On the second side, we have another unknown plant (again, not peony. At least, the flowers could look like peony but the leaves not) and then a plum tree.
I don’t understand what is the main subject in the air; a butterfly may be? And then again a fish, or else.
I may be wrong but I don’t believe that the whole bottle has a special meaning.
Kind regards
Giovanni
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