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Chinese Snuff Bottle Discussion Forum 中國鼻煙壺討論論壇
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1  The Gathering / The Lounge / Re: Friday Fun Bottle on: June 09, 2018, 06:43:44 am
I have never seen anything like this before. Itís really different and compelling. Thank you for sharing. Itís lovely.
2  General Category / General Forum Information and Guides / Re: HAPPY PASSOVER & HAPPY EASTER ! on: April 10, 2018, 10:33:22 pm
Wow! What a nice guy to do that. Itís good to have such a thoughtful friend.
3  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Glass Snuff Bottles / Re: Easter Bunny Realgar Glass Bottle on: April 07, 2018, 10:48:45 pm
Wow! These are really beautiful.
4  General Category / General Forum Information and Guides / Re: HAPPY PASSOVER & HAPPY EASTER ! on: April 07, 2018, 10:41:50 pm
Iím even later but happy Easter and Passover. I think Passover ends a day earlier in Israel, but here in the US, we just ended today. I enjoyed a nice pasta dinner with my family and am headed for a carb coma.
5  The Gathering / The Lounge / Re: Friday Fun Bottle on: March 24, 2018, 09:04:07 am
Joey, thank you for the nice comments. Your mom must have loved that gift!  I wish I could have seen your motherís pendant so I could compare the way the settings were designed. With inexpensive, mass produced glass snuffs, I feel no remorse drilling through them to hang them, but when there is some nice carving work or a more valuable material used, of course I would only consider a protective setting that wonít scratch or damage the bottle. Most of my stone bottles are new and very heavy, so I just display them and would not wear them anyway, but I do have two pretty bottles I might consider converting if I can figure out something secure that is also easily removable. Embarrassed
6  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 23, 2018, 09:53:44 am
I know nothing about dating, but I love the bottle and the theme!
7  The Gathering / The Lounge / Re: 2 new stone Friday Fun Bottles on: March 23, 2018, 09:36:38 am
I bought a few new stone bottles and these are my two favorites. I bought a little wood stand to display some snuffs and these two are amongst those going on it. One is "fun" because it is so small, the other because it is a pendant.

One is a miniature sodalite bottle with a very high gloss finish and oddly, a lapis lazuli (not sodalite) stopper with a hand shaped spoon.  It measures just a hair over 1.5" high without the stopper and approximately 1.75" tall with the stopper. It's got a very nice taper from top to bottom and a lovely shape IMO. It's so tiny I love it!

The elephant with rings is of a consistently mottled and visually pleasing lapis lazuli, but not as dark as the highest quality lapis. (The stopper is a higher quality darker lapis, but one of the rings is darker as well, so I think it is OK that the color isn't quite the same; it is a gently squared shape, made to match the bottle design.) It's a well-carved snuff IMO, with an easily removable 14K finding attached so it can be worn as a pendant. The top swivels so you can still remove the stopper, and actually, the entire finding looks like it can be removed easily because of the way the gold twisted rings slip into a closure, but I don't think I'll try lest I loosen it and find it is not as secure for wearing afterwards.
8  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Glass Snuff Bottles / Re: Lime green flattened octagonal bottle. on: March 21, 2018, 12:12:57 pm
Congratulations. Itís beautiful!
9  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Glass Snuff Bottles / Re: Lime green flattened octagonal bottle. on: March 17, 2018, 10:03:04 pm
What an amazing shape! I love it.
10  The Gathering / The Lounge / Re: Friday Fun Bottle on: March 17, 2018, 10:01:19 pm
Thank you for all the very kind comments.

I had 21" of snow at the condo in MA and I am now in Maine where there were a mere 14", but it's been in the low twenties with a storng wind all day!
11  The Gathering / The Lounge / Re: Friday Fun Bottle on: March 11, 2018, 08:56:34 pm
Thank you Joey and Rube for the nice comments!
12  The Gathering / The Lounge / Re: Friday Fun Bottle- Laque Burgautť on: March 10, 2018, 01:00:12 pm
I'm not sure if this belongs here or under other objects, but I think it is fun! I recently bought this cute decorative Laque Burgautť box to go along with an inexpensive (and I assume from the sticker recent) Laque Burgautť snuff bottle that I bought a while ago. Pictures of both below.

13  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Gem, Stone, Rock and Fossil / Re: a small group of bottles carved in the form of an ancient legendary animal on: March 08, 2018, 09:05:57 am
Very interesting. I love the roofline picture you posted.
14  Miscellaneous / Snuff Bottle Books, CD, DVD, Videos / Re: Video of my natural quartz bottles on: March 06, 2018, 08:11:04 am
What a spectacular collection and wonderful film. I love the interplay of images and music. It is mind boggling to me to think of how that level of detail and such fine hollowing out was achieved before they had modern equipment. Those bottles are truly magnificent.
15  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Gem, Stone, Rock and Fossil / Re: a small group of bottles carved in the form of an ancient legendary animal on: March 06, 2018, 08:04:36 am
Are these Qilin? They are very nice.  I really like the black one with white wisps in it. Do you know from what stone it is made?
16  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Ebay retracts winning bid because it was too low on: December 20, 2017, 11:53:29 am
Yes, Steven, you are right of course. Itís not worth ranting about and I should just let it go and not let it aggravate me. I am still in the ďdoesnít really collect snuff bottles, per seĒ category, but I do buy them when they are made of a stone or material I especially like or seem like a bargain that is too good to pass up. This one fit into both those categories, but it was probably simply too good to be true.
17  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Hooked on Snuff Bottles on: December 20, 2017, 09:01:10 am
Yes, you are right Tom. Thank you to George and to the many very experienced collectors who post here and are so willing to share their knowledge and love of this art form. IMO, many forums were birthed a number of years ago when Wall Street investment firms were flush with cash that they could not invest. There was a huge fad for tech-related businesses with the assumption that somehow everything and anything connected to the internet would make money. As a result, too many poorly-conceived or duplicative ideas received funding. Many forums could afford to offer cash or other prizes for joining or in contests. I think many forums now have little or no activity though they still technically exist. Some have moved to Facebook and generate more responses there. I suspect, as you say, that they will be back if they check and realize this is an active forum and not a defunct skeleton, like so many others.
18  The Gathering / Introductions / Ebay retracts winning bid because it was too low on: December 20, 2017, 08:11:26 am
This is the third time Iíve had this happen on eBay, but the first time it was in regards to a snuff bottle. I had the winning bid for a Mongolian silver snuff bottle - one of the best Iíd ever seen, studded with many small rubies and supposedly with provenance. Ebay informs me the seller says it was damaged or ďout of stock.Ē Translation: I would have been paying only a small fraction of its actual value. Last time this happened, the antique Chinese woven red coral necklaces I bought were ďstolenĒ before they could be shipped. None of these people ever contact you directly. They are too ashamed. Ebay is useless in this situation.
19  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Glass Snuff Bottles / Re: Overlays, same subject, different qualities. on: December 09, 2017, 08:35:09 pm
I don't wish to be a party pooper  but I don't think Dragons are animals, they are mythical beasts.  Roll Eyes Grin
Says you. I have my photo safari to view them in their native habitat all planned out.
20  The Gathering / The Lounge / Re: Friday Fun Bottle on: December 09, 2017, 08:24:33 pm
I know that museums use HXTAL when repairing valuable glass and ceramics and lapidarists use it on stone when they make opal or other types of doublets or triplets and also they use it for filling small vugs, but Iím not sure exactly how far you can go with it or if it generates heat. It is non-yellowing or at least to date I have not heard of it ever yellowing. It should be much superior to standard epoxy in terms of clarity and longevity. However, Iím not sure you can pour it into a mold or anything like that if you do not have any of the original glass neck pieces. If you had a new neck piece you could make to fit, perhaps you could use the HXTAL to attach it. It can also be colored.  More information here: http://www.hxtal.com
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