An elephant-molar snuff bottle 1740–1860
Lot 37Y
An elephant-molar snuff bottle 1740–1860
Sold for HK$ 87,500 (US$ 11,283) inc. premium
Lot Details
An elephant-molar snuff bottle
6.63cm high.


  • Treasury 7, no. 1562


    An elephant-molar snuff bottle

    Elephant molar; well hollowed, with a concave lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a protruding flat footrim
    Height: 6.63 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.78/2.57 cm
    Stopper: tourmaline; gilt-silver collar

    Condition: Shallow flake-chip on outer lip, 4 x 6 mm; gap in footrim corresponding to softer material with a line running from it across foot and onto rim, probably later damage; staining into the natural fissures of the material

    Alex S. Cussons
    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd (1996)

    Chinese Snuff Bottles, no. 1, p. 27, fig. 14
    Snuff Bottle Review, vol. 2, no. 1, 1976, p. 51, fig. 10
    Treasury 7, no. 1562

    If we exclude from consideration all bottles made after the 1960s, when this bottle was first published (helping to create a demand for them among collectors), early bottles in the material are relatively uncommon. Modern production began in the mid-1960s and continued sporadically for a few years before petering out, so even that was hardly a flood of wares onto the market. Other early examples are in Stevens 1976, no. 682, with a rare matching stopper, and, among his favourites, no. 1020; Sotheby's, Billingshurst, 31 March 1994, lot 121; Sin, Hui, and Kwong 1996, no. 273; Chinese Snuff Bottles No. 4, p. 17, also with a rare, original stopper; and one from the Exstein Collection, Christie's, New York, 21 March 2002, lot 91.

    This is one of the largest and most impressive of the early examples and was one of the first published, so it has become rather famous. Its celebrity, of course, was helped by association with the name of Alex Cussons, a pioneering English collector of the mid-twentieth century, whose collection featured in the first issue of Moss's Chinese Snuff Bottles magazine and whose generosity funded the magazine. Like ivory, the material takes on a lovely patina over a long period of use.


    高﹕ 6.63 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.78/2.57 厘米
    蓋﹕ 碧璽; 鎏金銀座

    狀態敘述:唇外綠有剝落的地方,4 x 6 毫米, 圈足橫有一裂隙,大概為製成後的損害,質材天然的裂隙有所染污

    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd (1996)

    Chinese Snuff Bottles, 編號 1, 頁 27, 圖 14
    Snuff Bottle Review, 卷 2,號 1, 1976, 頁 51, 圖 10
    Treasury 7, 編號 1562

    1960年代以前作的象牙鼻煙壺有如 Stevens 1976, 編號 682及 編號 1020; 串靈斯赫斯特蘇富比,1994年3月31日, 拍賣品號 121; 冼祖謙、許建勳、鄺溥銘 1996, 編號 273; Chinese Snuff Bottles 編號 4, 頁 17;紐約佳士德 ,2002年3月21日,拍賣品號 91.

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