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My first ever snuff bottle.

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« on: November 30, 2016, 07:57:00 am »

This is the bottle that started me off on my snuff bottle journey. It can't have been far off 30 years since I bought it. I had little money then and sought out "interesting" bits to go in a cabinet I made myself to save money.

If memory serves me right, and it still does most of the time, it came from what could loosely be termed an antique shop as there was nothing smart about it with shelves full of all sorts, most of which was cheap tat and was a single shop away from any others in a long road of houses in Eastleigh (If you haven't been there you haven't missed anything).

On enquiring I don't think it was referred to as a snuff bottle, simply a Chinese looking bottle with a spoon held in the lid for something, maybe medicine. It costs nothing more than a few pounds and was bought together with some tobacco tins which I also collected at the time.

Strangely, it's only been more recently that I've looked at it with a loupe and appreciated the detail in the painting. There are no marks on the bottom but there is some faint calligraphy in the wall in the picture on the front. I'm sure the standing lady with what look like insect feelers is someone from some old Chinese fable. 

Regards all, Adrian.







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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2016, 11:03:06 am »

Really beautiful bottle Adrian...

I am on the run this morning, but if you have not had a chance to see other similar bottles, I will share some later ..

What a wonderful first bottle !
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2016, 11:33:06 am »

Very nice Adrian!
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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2016, 11:45:13 am »

Adrian,
 
     I wish my first bottle had been as good as that! Well done!
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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2016, 02:14:29 pm »

Wow dear Adrian, a nice one! Not later than Tongzhi in my opinion, Daoguang-Tongzhi.
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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2016, 02:21:33 pm »

Thank you all for your comments.

There was no "well done", just luck as I really had no sense of what I was buying, it was just a nice shelf filler at the time that joined a varied selection of cheap items that appealed.

Tom/Wattana answered another post I put up that matched my recollections of buying back then. General dealers who didn't specialise in any area might end up with a bottle or two that they knew nothing about and simply wanted to move on at some profit so you could find good bottles for very little if you were lucky, and all involving a nice day out before the days of the internet.

Regards all, Adrian.

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