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« on: March 14, 2022, 11:03:03 pm »

All, taking out some time to compare a relatively rare form of glass snuff bottles.  THE EGG.


A translucent, emerald-green glass; of egg form with a slightly concave circular foot, 1760-1900, Height: 5.4 cm, Mouth: 6 mm, Stopper: tourmaline; gilt-silver collar.  According to Susan Page who has this bottle in her inventory, it is carved from a solid lump of glass rather than blown, and is of a type of glass used from the mid-Qing onwards, and perhaps into the latter part of the dynasty.


A blown white glass egg-form bottle with a slight celadon hue, Height: 5.6 cm, Mouth: 5 mm, Stopper: green beveled glass bead with a seed pearl finial.

Glass Imitating White Jade Snuff Bottle:
Blown glass egg-form bottle with a slight celadon hue of translucent white glass imitating white jade.  Would be very convincing if not for a few scattered elongated bubbles and black ash impurities.  Bottle was likely blown into a mold to provide its uniform shape.  Bottle rests on circular flat foot.  Very small mouth opening of 5 mm.  Green beveled glass bead stopper with a seed pearl finial and bone spoon.  Height is 5.6 cm and 54.9 g without stopper.

Period: likely ca. 19th century

Condition: Excellent with almost imperceivable surface pitting.  Remnant snuff traces in bottle upon receipt.

Similar Reference: Emerald carved green egg with dealer Susan Page; transparent, emerald-green glass; of egg form with a slightly concave circular foot, 1760-1900, Height: 5.4 cm, Mouth: .6 cm.
Link: https://www.facebook.com/snuffbottlepages/photos/pcb.303083048050120/303082978050127/ 
Similar blown white glass egg at https://www.christies.com/lot/lot-4676276?ldp_breadcrumb=back&intObjectID=4676276&from=salessummary&lid=1

Follow-up Info:  Perfectly egg-shaped bottles are relatively rare but are occasionally found in early glass and nephrite as well as in nineteenth-century porcelain.  Despite their functional efficiency, simplicity and symbolism of fertility and the all-important continuation of the family line in the Confucian belief system, snuff bottles in the shape of eggs, without any compression of the form, are, oddly enough, extremely rare.  For a bottle of related, but more compressed form, see Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, no. 1, Jade, no. 70.

It would appear that this bottle was intended to imitate white nephrite since the glassblower has left the bottle with modestly thick walls, giving it a convincing weight for jade.  However, the few elongated bubbles are visible, suggesting the energy of the blow-iron, confirming that the bottle was blown and not carved from a single block of glass - a common method employed at the Imperial glassworks for producing glass in imitation of hard-stones.

This glass egg is likely a representation of early imperial bottles.  It has a satiny surface of a much-used glass bottle which has never been re-polished, but it is difficult to date precisely because of the lack of any apparent carving style and the rarity of form.  Although an eighteenth-century date is possible, it is most likely dates to the 19th century.

If anyone else has such a bottle, please add to this thread.  Enjoy Charll


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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2022, 06:50:57 am »

Congratulations on another very beautiful bottle Charll Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2022, 08:12:50 am »

Another beautiful bottle! I really enjoy seeing the fine bottles you post. Keep them coming.
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2022, 01:05:01 pm »

Charll, I really like your white glass bottle and the shape. The only egg shaped one I have is this nephrite example [57mm] I have had for a while. I really like the use of the skin to show the egg cracking before the chick emerges....John


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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2022, 03:19:33 pm »

Dear Charll,
I by far prefer your bottle than the emerald-glass one. Congratulations, it is a very nice bottle.
BTW I would like to see that emerald bottle in real; those horizontal lines are not pointing toward a bottle carved by a solid block, but.. who knows.
Dear John, your “prone to crack” egg is really spectacular!
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2022, 08:21:18 pm »

Hi all

Interesting bottles!

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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2022, 01:27:01 pm »

I thought I had one of these in agate. 51mm with a brass and coral top. Unknown museum mark on the bottom....John


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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2022, 06:55:11 pm »


John,

These are wonderful bottles in stone.  Thanks for adding these to the thread.  My readings seem to indicate that stone egg bottles are more numerous than their counterpart glass examples, but do not know the reality of those statements.  I do know this thread now has more egg examples than I've seen in all my years of collecting. 

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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2022, 07:17:31 pm »

Charll, I think you are correct. There are more hardstone examples than glass. I found 2 more after my new search....John


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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2022, 07:30:52 pm »

There was one in glass imitating agate for sale in Ishtar Auction House in Tel Aviv, June 2020.
I tried to buy it as a gift for Vince Fausone, who collects imitations of stones in glass, but it passed my 'gift budget'.
Because of my Aspergers, I didn't think to continue and buy it for myself, till too late.
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« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2022, 12:45:06 pm »

Charll and Company, I finally found a glass egg shaped snuff bottle. [55mm][55g] and a 9mm opening. A turquoise bead set into the glass. Charll, can you see the pull mark on yours?....John


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« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2022, 11:20:18 pm »


John,

My white glass egg is uniform in color and color density.  There are just very faint tails of striations when back lit with a light, and they are horizontal to the bottle's vertical axis.  Bubbles in the glass are not easily seen as well, and again are only noticeable when the bottle is back lit.

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« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2022, 08:02:44 am »

Charll, my bottle seems very similar to yours except for the mouth opening....John
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