Qing dynasty, 1730-1880 Of compressed rectangular form with rounded shoulders rising to a cylindrical neck, all supported on a short oval foot, the black stone with splashes of grey-white inclusions. 6cm high.
As early as in Sir William Bragge's book, Bibliotheca Nicotiana, which was first published in 1874 and republished in 1880, fossilised limestone snuff bottles were already recorded. The production of fossilised limestone snuff bottle existed as early as the mid-nineteenth century. For more detailed research, see Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.3, Hong Kong, 1998, pp.85-87, no.401. Another similar fossilised limestone snuff bottle, with similar white markings on a dark ground, is illustrated by Bob Stevens, Snuff Bottles, New York, 1976, p.175, pl.676.
早在Sir William Bragge出版的Bibliotheca Nicotiana中，便有提及灰石作鼻煙壺，該書第一次出版於1874年，第二次出版於1880年。可以說明，在十九世紀中期，便有製作灰石鼻煙壺。詳細有關灰石鼻煙壺斷代研究，可參見莫士撝, Victor Graham 及曾嘉寶著，《A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection》，第3冊，頁85-87，編號401。其他與本拍品一樣，黑地白斑點的灰石鼻煙壺，可參考Bob Stevens,《Snuff Bottles》, 紐約, 1976年, 頁175, 圖版676。
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