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Snuff Bottle with the theme: May you be promoted to a Marquis

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« Reply #40 on: November 02, 2013, 04:52:38 am »

Another thought I want to add is that I suspect that a lot of the carved bottles that people think and claim are antique and 18th/19th century, and many that are in collections and claimed to be whatever, just are not, and were produced throughout late 19th and the 20th century with modern tools and techniques.  It is extremely dificult to prove age though provenance without reasonable doubt much earlier than the late 1800s, so I always take these ages with an extreme grain of salt.  If the bottles could only talk.  I am sure many of them would speak modern Putonghua. Personally, I am already quite happy to establish bottles as late 19th/early 20th century. I suppose that is why I like middle period inside painted bottles, signed and dated.  Regardless, to me, whether made new, recently, vintage or antique, these carved agates, jades, and other hardstones are pure works of art, and their creators deserve our utmost respect...

Richard makes a good point about the patience, in another discussion somewhere we discussed the lack of floater agates being made today, and since the 1970s. Takes just too much time and produces a lot of wasted bottles.  Think about it. If for display only, reasonably well hollowing and great carvings are enough.  I am not sure newer collectors would want to pay the premium to have a contemporary agate floater bottle.  It would be expensive.....
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Zha Shang Jie

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