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 on: December 24, 2017, 08:01:29 am 
Started by samsonlzj - Last post by samsonlzj
Dear all,

Merry Christmas! May G-D Bless everyone of you abundantly! Wish all of you joy, love and health! Smiley


 on: December 24, 2017, 06:20:54 am 
Started by cshapiro - Last post by Joey
Dear Toni-Lee,

     And there is a certain type of man who would agree with you!  Roll Eyes Wink Grin
But in snuff bottles, I usually tend to go for top quality, but not too 'flash'.

     My two real exceptions are this bottle and the 18th C. Imperial Jet bottle which was embellished by a Japanese Living National Treasure in 2008/2009 on behalf of Robert Hall Ltd., who sold it to the late Carl Barron. I bought it as a 60th birthday gift for myself on 15.March 2017, 2 days before my secular birthday [and 2 days after my Hebrew birthday this year].

    I think we posted that one too.

   Merry Christmas to you and all who celebrate,

 on: December 24, 2017, 06:05:08 am 
Started by cshapiro - Last post by NE collector
Dear Joey,

What a great bottle. I love it! As a girl would say, you can never have enough bling!



 on: December 23, 2017, 04:38:42 pm 
Started by Mat - Last post by Joey
Dear Giovanni,

    We are in agreement, though I also collect modern IPSBs.
But I think of modern IPSBs more as Interior Painted Small Bottles, than as
Interior Painted Snuff Bottles.

  A buon Natale,


 on: December 23, 2017, 04:34:59 pm 
Started by Kaja - Last post by Joey
Dear Kaja,

    That is quite an interesting start to collecting snuff bottles.
Could you post them? We'd love to see what they look like.
What material is the third one?
Merry Christmas,

 on: December 23, 2017, 03:40:53 pm 
Started by Kaja - Last post by Kaja
Thank you. That would be a good way to start.  I bought a pair of snuff bottles on Ebay a few years back.  I have no idea why, beyond I thought they were pretty.  They are supposed to be cherry amber, one with a dragon design, the other with a bat.  They were inexpensive. I paid one hundred dollars for both.  They were charming, and I knew that someday I would start collecting. 

Then one of my art students traded lessons for a bottle that her mother had purchased in the '60's from an antique shop in England. It is lovely, and that pushed me over the edge.  I started collecting last year and have been enjoying it very much. 

This forum is so packed with knowledgeable people, and I feel like a student. Thank you all for sharing.


 on: December 23, 2017, 03:36:04 pm 
Started by Mat - Last post by Fiveroosters
Dear Joey,
I am in the second side Grin
Kind regards

 on: December 23, 2017, 10:57:58 am 
Started by Mat - Last post by Joey
Dear Matthias,

     There is a constant difference of opinion between two sides.
On one side, those who consider a small modern bottle imitating a Chinese snuff bottle, but never used to hold snuff, as a valid snuff bottle; 

and on the other side, those who say that a snuff bottle, to be a snuff bottle, needs to have been made to hold snuff, and ideally be from the classic snuff taking period in Qing & Republic China, ie., ca.1640-1930.

   Anything can be 'a collectible'.

Hi Matthias,

Thank you for sharing.

Even though it is a modern bottle, I see that your double overlay bottle is well carved.
The size appears to be just right to be cupped and fondled in the palm. Enjoy the bottle and forget about the age of it.

Inn Bok

 on: December 23, 2017, 10:50:37 am 
Started by cshapiro - Last post by Joey
Dear Inn Bok,

     Oh. I tried that with a strong torch [flashlight for Americans  Roll Eyes], and it is gorgeous.  I will try to get it photographed with lights and post it, via

 on: December 23, 2017, 09:15:18 am 
Started by cshapiro - Last post by OIB

I was not trying to find out if those embellished stones are really gemstones.

I was thinking if you were to shine on the bottle, how it will turn out, visually   Cheesy

Inn Bok

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