General information about the Site

This snuff bottle community forum is dedicated to the novice, more experienced, and expert collectors. Topics are intended to cover all aspects and types of bottle collecting. To include trials, tribulations, evaluating, identifying, researching, appraisals, and much more.

Photobucket

Among other things, donations help keep the forum free from Google type advertisements, and also make it possible to purchases additional photo hosting MB space.

Forum Bottle in the Spotlight

Steven shared this beautiful Ma Shaoxian bottle

Gotheborg's Marks On Chinese Porcelain

Photobucket

Snuff Bottle Collector

The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society


Chinese Snuff Bottle Discussion Forum 中國鼻煙壺討論論壇
January 22, 2018, 12:06:00 am
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
 
  Home Help Search Downloads Gallery Staff List Login Register  

Does anyone know what type of wood is that?

Pages: [1]
  Add poll  |  Print  
Author Topic: Does anyone know what type of wood is that?  (Read 165 times)
marcos
Full Member
***
Posts: 142


View Profile
« on: May 06, 2016, 12:00:23 pm »

Dear All,

Does anyone know what kind of wood is this? I would guess it is bamboo, but I am not quite sure.

Thanks a lot,

Marcos






Report Spam   Logged

Social Buttons

George
Administrator
Hero Member
*****
Gender: Male
Posts: 10423



View Profile WWW
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2016, 02:36:22 pm »

I will guess burl wood Marcos..
Report Spam   Logged

Joey
Private Boards
Hero Member
***
Gender: Male
Posts: 8646


View Profile
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2016, 03:26:29 pm »

Dear George,

     Yes, but a burl of which wood?   Grin   Roll Eyes
A burl is simply a growth on a tree, caused by a bacterium or a fungus. It produces beautifully grained material,
as is shown in Marcos' bottle. 
Best,

Shabbat Shalom,
Joey
Report Spam   Logged

Joey Silver, collecting snuff bottles since Feb.1970

George
Administrator
Hero Member
*****
Gender: Male
Posts: 10423



View Profile WWW
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2016, 06:26:10 pm »

Sorry, no idea which burl..
Report Spam   Logged

Tom B.
Private Boards
Sr. Member
***
Gender: Male
Posts: 463



View Profile
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2016, 03:01:28 pm »

Dear Macos,

What an interesting bottle!  I had to look several times before 'seeing' the squirrel with a green eye.


* Wood Bottle 06.0cmH caSz Marcos1.jpg (126.92 KB, 664x578 - viewed 20 times.)
Report Spam   Logged

Best regards,

Tom B.

Tom B.
Private Boards
Sr. Member
***
Gender: Male
Posts: 463



View Profile
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2016, 03:08:26 pm »

I was thinking the fur was the grain showing, but that didn't jive with Burlwood.  The artists had a lot of voids to fill with lacquer putty before coating the entire bottle and that makes identification even more difficult.  It doesn't look like any Chinese wood that I know, so I guess it could have been made just about anywhere in the world. Possibly Japan or SE Asia?
Report Spam   Logged

Best regards,

Tom B.

George
Administrator
Hero Member
*****
Gender: Male
Posts: 10423



View Profile WWW
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2016, 07:19:15 pm »

Really is a wonderful bottle . .

The turquoise stones, both on the bottle, and stopper match closely .  I think the stopper original to the bottle.. 

Report Spam   Logged

Joey
Private Boards
Hero Member
***
Gender: Male
Posts: 8646


View Profile
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2016, 02:59:05 am »

Dear Tom B.,

      I could not figure out what the heck was represented! After you wrote 'squirrel', and posted front and reverse, I can just make out the bushy tail on the reverse, and the animal's ear near the green turquoise insert 'eye'. Wow! You are good!
 
     I had wondered whether it was a type of root-wood. YF Yang had one (#6058) in his little sales catalogue )Y-Cat 2) from his store at 163-C Ocean Terminal, Kowloon, HK, dated October, 1976. The bottle was priced at US$140 and dated Xianfeng (Hsien Feng in W-G).
 
     I had also heard the material called 'Sea-Root', but can't remember where or why.
Best,
Joey


Dear Macos,

What an interesting bottle!  I had to look several times before 'seeing' the squirrel with a green eye.
Report Spam   Logged

Joey Silver, collecting snuff bottles since Feb.1970

Wattana
Private Boards
Hero Member
***
Gender: Male
Posts: 5120



View Profile
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2016, 11:29:30 am »

Hi Marcos,

Joey is correct. The term 'burlwood' merely refers to the growth on the tree which causes the deformity. It usually occurs near the base of the tree, and can be confused with the term 'rootwood'.
If your bottle is of Chinese origin, then it is likely to be made from one of a small group of woods which exhibit particularly attractive 'burls'.

The following extract may be of help....

Burlwood (huamu) is a general term for the gnarled or knotty grain usually found near the base or root-head of a tree, and occurs on a wide range of trees. However, only a few varieties have a consistently attractive grain pattern to make them desirable for commercial use. The term 'rootwood' is sometimes used to describe objects fashioned from a single knot.

Varieties of burl most commonly found in Chinese Furniture: -

*huamu burl            Chinese birch burl
*nanmu burl            Chinese cedar burl
*hualimu burl            rosewood burl
*fengmu burl            maple burl
*xiangchang burl            camphor burl


*Maybe one of our Chinese speaking members can provide the Chinese characters for the above named woods.

All best,
Tom L
Report Spam   Logged

Tom
Collecting since 1972

Pages: [1]
  Add poll  |  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by EzPortal