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« on: April 21, 2012, 11:57:53 pm »

Although these are not traditional snuff bottles, small vases on occasion have been turned into snuff bottles.  I have seen this done with Chinese famille enamel porcelain vases, as is the case here, and Japanese Satsuma vases.

Famille Jaune Vase with Tiger-Eye Stopper-


Famille jaune is a variation using famille verte enamels on a yellow ground.  The snuff bottle has a yellow base with cabbage leave neck.  Two main body panels are of landscape scenes.   The interior is completely coated in a fine milk white glaze. 

The height without the stopper is 8.5 cm, or just 3.35 inches. The base is 2.3 cm or 7/8th of an inch in diameter. Purchased in Portland, Oregon, in 1983. 

Unfortunately the pics do not present the colors in their true form and the brilliants’ of the bottle is lost somewhat.

Marked Ch'ien Lung Period (1736-1795) in very fine blue raised enamel, but likely, much, much later.

Though most collectors would not be interested in such a piece, I still love it for what it is and the conversion.

All comments and any speculation on possible age is welcome.  Enjoy, Charll
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2012, 08:19:46 am »

I actually search ebay using key words like miniature vase, and small vase all the time.

Have seen a few that look similar in shape and size to yours..

 
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2012, 03:34:49 pm »

A pity the brilliance of the colours doesn't come through in the photo, Charll.
I'd suggest a date of 1900-1940, because it reminds me of bottles made during the period of the last 10± years of the Qing dynasty, and the first 30± years of the Republic of China.
   The design is after Imperial porcelains with the big leaves painted around the neck, and the apocryphal Qianlong nianzhi
(Qianlong period made) mark in raised blue enamel, so it could even be 1920-1940, since the Forbidden City opened as a museum in 1920, and artisans could visit and then go home and copy designs they'd seen.
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2016, 01:16:35 am »


To continue on with another example of a vase turned into a snuff bottle.  This bottle is not mine, but I was bidding on it at the time.  Just did not bid high enough!!!!

Japanese Satsuma is my second love to snuff bottle collecting.  At one time I was going to collect and add to my parent's Satsuma collection which I will inherit someday.  Unlike snuff bottles, collecting these larger pieces takes up more space and requires a larger display area.  The bottle below would have fulfilled both my passions for snuff bottles and Satsuma.

Satsuma snuff bottles are a bit rare, but they can be found on occasion. 

San Rafael Auction Gallery, October 26th 2014 Antique Estates Auction, Lot # 0927:

Satsuma porcelain snuff bottle with coral stopper.  Hand painted on all four sides with two sides of Japanese groups of four people on opposite sides and rural scenes depicting rivers and mountain on other two sides.  Magnificent detail and very fine work.  Was a family heirloom for close to 100 years.  Height including stopper is 3¼ inches. 
 
Enjoy, Charll


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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2016, 01:33:36 am »

It is a beautiful piece Charll...  !   Thank you for sharing it and the wonderful description..
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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2016, 06:15:07 am »

Dear Charll,

     From my late mom, I inherited a couple of  very fine small Satsuma vessels (a 2 inch tall, tripod footed incense burner with a landscape, and a 4 inch tall vase, sort of meiping shape, with many squares each illustrating a different person.).

     I love the fine pieces. Louis Lawrence, Clare Chu's ex-husband, deals or dealt in Satsuma, as well as other Japanese arts.
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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2016, 11:55:40 am »

Thanks Charll for sharing some porcelain! Your Famille Jaune vase/bottle is lovely!
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