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« on: October 28, 2019, 10:46:21 pm »

All, spending some time tonight cataloging another recent bottle purchase.  Sometimes it just takes some time to acquire a bottle.  I first saw this bottle eight years ago at the 2011 ICSBS Convention held in West Palm Beach, Florida.  One of the dealers, Michael C. Hughes, had this bottle in his display.  I had already spent my convention purchase budget on another bottle at the time, so had to pass on this bottle.  However, this was just one of those bottles that I could never get out of my mind.  Though he did not bring it to this yearís Minneapolis convention, as it turned out he still had it and I was able to acquire it at a substantial discount from the original asking price.  For many this bottle would be nothing special, and in my opinion it is very late 19th century.  But Iíve always loved its Halloween color palette. 

Overglaze Black and Iron Red Enamel Dragon Snuff Bottle:
An unusual two tone iron-red and black enamel porcelain snuff bottle of cylindrical shape with a continuous scene of a vibrantly 4-clawed dragon painted around the body.  The dragon has claws that are picked out in white enamel and black eyes, amidst many heap and piled black enamel clouds.  Dragon scales are individually painted (i.e., not cross-hatched).  Bottle sets upon an unglazed raised foot rim with an unmarked glazed base.  Coral stopper with a brass inset pin finial and antique black button collar, with a bone spoon.  Height without stopper is 3 inches (7.6 cm) and the bottle width is 1 inch (2.6 cm) in diameter. 

Period: 1830-1900

Condition: Very good kin fresh condition with a few very small glaze dimples.

Provenance:  Michael C. Hughes LLC, 116 East 68th Street, Suite 3-4D, New York, NY 10065

Happy Halloween, Charll


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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2019, 01:39:51 am »

The black and red sure do pop.  Very vibrant !

Perfect Halloween bottle Charll, and as always a very meticulous description.

Thank you for sharing !

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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2019, 02:47:28 am »

Dear Charll,

     I agree with George.
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2019, 07:09:16 am »

Charl,

Nice dragon,  I especially like the scales.
Can't believe Michael C. Hughes is 3 blocks from my aunt in NYC.  Next visit, I'll try and look him up!
Cheers,

Rube.
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