A fossiliferous limestone snuff bottle 1750–1900
Lot 71
A fossiliferous limestone snuff bottle 1750–1900
Sold for HK$ 82,500 (US$ 10,639) inc. premium
Lot Details
A fossiliferous limestone snuff bottle
Sold with accompanying watercolour by Peter Suart
6.99cm high.


  • Treasury 3, no. 400


    A limestone snuff bottle

    Fossiliferous limestone; reasonably well hollowed, with a flat lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a protruding rounded footrim
    Height: 6.99 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.65/1.55 cm
    Stopper: jadeite; vinyl collar

    Condition: Possible tiny trim to a chip in the inner footrim; otherwise, workshop condition

    Illustration: Watercolour by Peter Suart

    Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (1985)

    Treasury 3, no. 400

    Limestone covers a family of stone where calcite is the principal ingredient. In its crystalline form it is marble, of which one variety is known to the snuff-bottle collector as aragonite, while in its sedimentary form it acquires all sorts of different names. As a rule, snuff-bottle collectors tend to refer to most of this material as fossilized coral, which much of it probably is. The structure here would certainly be consistent with coral fossils . The stone was, we think, indigenous to China and probably available from at least the eighteenth century onwards, although it is another material that is so rarely found outside of snuff bottles that it must owe its popularity to this Qing art form. As far as we know, nothing predating the Qing period is known from the stone, although its softness and fragility might mitigate against an extant body of works surviving from the Ming or earlier, assuming they were rare to begin with.


    含化石的石灰巖;掏膛適宜 , 平唇, 平斂底突出圓棱圈足
    高﹕ 6.99 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.65/1.55 厘米
    蓋﹕ 翡翠;乙烯基座

    狀態敘述: 圈足內壁或有剜去的微小缺口;此外,出坊狀態

    帶有彼德小話 (Peter Suart) 水彩畫

    Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (1985)

    Treasury 3, 編號 400

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