An apple-green jadeite 'coin' snuff bottle 1798-1850
Lot 27
An apple-green jadeite 'coin' snuff bottle 1798-1850
Sold for US$ 20,740 inc. premium
Lot Details
An apple-green jadeite 'coin' snuff bottle
1798-1850
Well hollowed, with a flat lip and a concave oval foot, the bright apple-green stone carved in low relief on each side with a Spanish eight-reales coin, one side showing the bust of Charles IV, King of Spain, dated 1796, and the other with the Spanish coat-of-arms, the sides of the bottle horizontally lobed, stopper.
2 1/8in (5.4cm) high (2).

Footnotes

  • 綠翡翠硬幣紋鼻煙壺

    Provenance:
    Ted Adamek

    During the nineteenth century, Spanish dollars were frequently used as currency in China's seaports. Snuff bottles made in a variety of materials imitating these coins were produced in relatively large numbers. The coins minted during the reigns of either Charles III (1760-1788) or Charles IV (1788-1808) of Spain were most commonly copied. For a further discussion of this group see V.E.Graham, 'Coin Snuff Bottles', Journal. The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, Spring 1988, pp.4-10.

    For further coin bottles, and an original 1779 Charles III coin, see lots 55 and 131 in this sale.
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