TWO ROCK CRYSTAL 'SILVER DOLLAR' SNUFF BOTTLES 1736-1860 (2)

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Lot 269
TWO ROCK CRYSTAL 'SILVER DOLLAR' SNUFF BOTTLES
1736-1860

Sold for US$ 3,187 inc. premium

Chinese Works of Art

17 Dec 2019, 10:00 PST

Los Angeles

TWO ROCK CRYSTAL 'SILVER DOLLAR' SNUFF BOTTLES
1736-1860
The first of circular outline, each main side carved in low relief with the image of a Spanish eight-reales coin, one side with the profile of Charles III, inscribed with the year 1779, all in reverse, the other with the Spanish coat of arms; the second similarly carved, but with a truncated inscription and the profile of the king facing the right.
2in (5.3cm) high, the taller (2).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The first:
    Sotheby's, New York, Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles, 6 April 1990 lot 97
    The second:
    Collection of Donald C. Gray, Esq.
    Sotheby's, London, Catalog of a Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles, 4 June 1962, lot 154
    The John Franklin Dodge and Isabel Beatty Dodge Collection, formed prior to 1965
    Sotheby's, New York, Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, 17 March 1997, lot 150

    It is interesting to note that the obverse image of the coin with the profile of Charles III has been executed in reverse on the first bottle, indicating that the carving was done using an impression of the coin and not from an actual coin.
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TWO ROCK CRYSTAL 'SILVER DOLLAR' SNUFF BOTTLES 1736-1860 (2)
TWO ROCK CRYSTAL 'SILVER DOLLAR' SNUFF BOTTLES 1736-1860 (2)
TWO ROCK CRYSTAL 'SILVER DOLLAR' SNUFF BOTTLES 1736-1860 (2)
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