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Molded Squirrel Snuff Bottle

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« on: September 30, 2021, 10:35:17 pm »


All, just finished up the initial cataloging draft of another snuff bottle acquired this last spring and thought I would share. 

Molded Squirrel Snuff Bottle:
Molded enameled bottle as a fuzz squirrel in a prone position resting on grape clusters and leaves.  The body with beige stippled glaze for a fur effect with purple and blue grapes and green leaves.  Bulged eyes set with prominent eyebrow and eyelids and curled ears.  Stopper is a lavender amethyst cabochon with an old white, black-striated, shell button collar and brown keratin spoon.   Length is 2 ½ inches or 6.4 cm without stopper.  Bottle interior has notable mid seam as if the bottle was form by two molded halves that were slip sealed together.     

Period: ca. 19th century.

Condition: Good.  Minor nibble to mouth lip. 

Provenance:  A.H. Wilkens Auctions & Appraisals, May 12th Asian Works of Art (2021)

Similar Reference:  Similar white glazed bottle at Bonhams New York, Sept 12th, 2016, Lot 9076; https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23922/lot/9076/?category=list.  Jingdezhen kilns, 1790-1830.  Molded as a fussy squirrel in prone position holding a bunch of grapes and lotus leaves between its paws and tail, its eyes picked out in black, its body stippled for effect.  2 1/2 (6.4cm) long. Also see Chinese Snuff Bottles No.5, edited by Hugh Moss, pg 58. 

Charll


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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2021, 10:33:19 pm »

This is another molded squirrel in the collection and is one of my favorite snuff bottles.  I may have shared this in the past but could not locate the thread. 


Molded Squirrel Snuff Bottle:
Lifelike molded porcelain enameled squirrel in a prone position resting on a bed of detailed engraved leaves of green with yellow edging, leafy arrangement interspersed with apples extends up onto the sides of the bottle.  Beige body with highly detailed painted fur in brown and a broad bushy tail raps up near the top of the back.  Round black beady eyes and long laidback ears.  White copper (paktong) throat collar and stopper attached by a fine link chain.   Length is 3 inches or 8.0 cm without stopper. 

Period: ca. late 19th to early 20th century.

Condition: Good.  Minor abrasions and scuffing.  Chained metal stopper may be an indication of possible old repair to mouth of bottle.

Provenance:  Unknown.  Purchased from Dealer in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA.
 
Date Acquired: 02/2008

Similar Reference:  An identical bottle, with a traditional stopper, was illustrated in John O’Hara’s lecture on molded porcelain snuff bottles at the 2019 ICSBS Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.


A fun little bottle,  Charll


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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2021, 01:13:22 am »

Dear Charll,
nice bottle. I must say that I too prefer the other one, although it probably has a damaged mouth.
But both them are nice and far superior to modern copies.
Kind regards
Giovanni
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2021, 01:36:39 am »

Dear Charll,

   I've always loved this subject, though I call it a bushy-tailed Chinese tree rat.
A certain dealer changed it to appeal to Western buyers...
Joey
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