An unusual mother-of-pearl-embellished moss agate snuff bottle  1800-1860
Lot 37
An unusual mother-of-pearl-embellished moss agate snuff bottle 1800-1860
Sold for US$ 7,930 inc. premium
Lot Details
An unusual mother-of-pearl-embellished moss agate snuff bottle
Very well hollowed, the mottled moss-green bottle with flat lip and protruding flat oval foot, the narrow sides carved with two raised oval panels, with mother-of-pearl embellishment on both of the main sides, showing bamboo and morning glories growing from rockwork with a butterfly in flight on one side, and on the reverse with a bird perched on similar bamboo growing from rockwork, next to further blossoms, the sides embellished with mask-and-ring handles on the oval panels, stopper.
6.4cm (2½in) high (2).


  • 蘚紋瑪瑙鑲嵌螺鈿鼻煙壺

    Lloyd Noakes, Los Angeles

    The present bottle belongs to a small group of related embellished bottles, more usually of glass. This type of work is incredibly fragile and susceptible to damage and the present bottle is in remarkably good condition.

    See another very similar example with mother-of-pearl on an old moss-agate snuff bottle, formerly in the Edmund F. Dwyer Collection, Los Angeles, and subsequently sold at Christie's London, 12 October 1987, lot 195, illustrated by L.S.Perry, Chinese Snuff Bottles. The Adventures & Studies of a Collector, Rutland and Tokyo, 1960, p.146, fig.159.

    This style of embellishment is more commonly seen on glass bottles, see a transparent glass example formerly in the Gerry P. Mack collection, sold at Sotheby's New York, 25 October 1997, lot 3. See also see a mother-of-pearl-embellished blue glass snuff bottle in the Bloch collection, illustrated by H.Moss, V.Graham and K.B.Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles. The Mary and George Bloch Collection, vol.7, Hong Kong, 2009, pp.478-9, no.1671, and another formerly in the collection of Arthur Loveless illustrated by J.G.Ford, Chinese Snuff Bottles. The Edward Choate O'Dell Collection, Baltimore, 1982, Catalogue no.138.
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