A burlwood snuff bottle 1780–1900
Lot 147
A burlwood snuff bottle 1780–1900
Sold for HK$ 18,750 (US$ 2,417) inc. premium
Lot Details
A burlwood snuff bottle
5.49cm long


  • Treasury 7, no. 1476


    A burl snuff bottle

    Wood burl (possibly huamu, birch burl); reasonably well hollowed, with a flattened lip and no functional foot; the natural, irregular bottle resembling a fruit with a cylindrical neck rising out of it, carved with a leaf down one side, joined to the neck by an arching petiole
    Height: 5.49 cm (measured at right angles to the plane of the lip)
    Mouth/lip: 0.79/1.32 cm
    Stopper: glass; ivory collar

    Crack in neck, which may be post-manufacture damage; one small knot hole, filled, part of the original process; surface worn through use

    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd (1997)

    Treasury 7, no. 1476

    This unusual example of a burl snuff bottle has been left with a good deal of the natural shape of the outer burl intact, forming a strange-looking fruit. The shoulders and neck are carved, as is the loop formed by the petiole; this leaf stalk was presumably intended to be functional as an anchor for a cord that would secure the bottle either to a belt or to a toggle used to hold the cord in place beneath a belt. The latter, functioning like Japanese netsuke, allowed for various pouches or other containers to be suspended safely from a tight belt while being easily removed for use. It is even possible that the bottle itself was intended to double as a toggle to suspend something else as well.


    高﹕ 5.49 厘米(用唇為基線而測量)
    口徑/唇徑: 0.79/1.32 厘米
    蓋﹕ 玻璃;象牙座

    狀態敘述: 頸部有裂縫,或許是雕成後的損害,原本的材料有節孔,填好了;經過歲月的使用,表面有所磨損

    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd (1997)

    Treasury 7, 編號 1476

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