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

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« Reply #40 on: November 03, 2013, 07:27:04 am »

Hi Richard,
   I love that last 'triple decker' you posted. Very clever use of the layers in the material, and with a sense of humour, too. The lazing horse is a gem.

George and Pat,
   I am sure there are many modern techniques for carving bottles better than the old ones, but most give themselves away by being a little too bold in showing off their skills....often in ways that a lapidary of bygone days would not. It is very difficult to put a finger on what makes one "feel" that a hardstone bottle is old or new, but, after handling many over a span of years, there is an intuitive sense. It's not infallible, but right more often than not. Having said that, I do admire the skill of the modern carvers who can produce work like that seen on Richard's triple decker.

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