Chinese snuff bottles

Chinese snuff bottles

Imperial Antique Chinese Yellow Glass Snuff BottleThe Chinese snuff bottles were widely used during the Qing dynasty. The use of this bottle was the fashion that could not be equated to any other fashion that existed in the china long history. It became popular because of its extraordinary variety of materials techniques and style that was found in this object.

The use of these Chinese snuff bottles was started by the upper class and by the 17th century. These snuff bottles were first popular around the court in Beijing.  The trend had spread to most people in the Qing dynasty and thus it became the social ritual to use snuff. These snuff bottle usually carried powdered tobacco.

Smoking tobacco during the reign of this dynasty was illegal but when smoked by use of the equipment it was legal. It was legal because the Chinese considered the use of this snuff could remedy conditions like colds, headaches and even he stomach disorder thus the snuff was carried in bottles which was later to be named snuff bottle. The use of the bottle came to be a sign of certain social status .a person with the rarest bottle was considered to come from the highest social status.

The Chinese snuff bottles use came to the peak at the 18th century.  using snuff bottles was popular when the dynasty was strong and started to decline when the dynasty was weak. The end of the use was seen at the end of Qing dynasty when the republic of china came into place.

The Chinese snuff bottles were made to be held by the hand. This was possible because their size fit to the palm. The production was from different materials. These materials include: porcelain, jade, ivory, wood, tortoise shell, ceramic and from the metals. Common material that was used to make them was usually the glass.

The stopper was used to close the neck of the bottle so that the content in the bottle could not pour out when held. This stopper had a small spoon that was Blue Glass antique Snuff Bottleattached to it and it was used to scoop out the content from the bottle. These bottles were usually decorated from outside. Some bottles were painted inside. These paintings and carvings usually put a difference on the quality and the value of the bottle.decarated bottle usually took time in there production process. Even today the production of decorated bottles takes a lot of time. It is said the best bottle could take a mount to finish and the best craftsman could make a few bottles in the year.

The simple Chinese snuff bottles usually took a week to be finished. Even though these type of bottles take time in there production they are the most desirable bottles. The decorations consist of mostly Chinese art, motifs and symbols. The symbols used in decoration were derived from Chinese legends, history, religion, philosophy and superstition. The mostly common animal used is the dragon. The precious organs of Buddha are rarely used for decoration.

The decorations used on these Chinese snuff bottles usually had certain significance to the holder of the bottle. The object was used as a form of currency that that could be used to buy favours, positions and even advancement to the government. It became common gesture to offer a friend a pinch of snuff carried in the bottle. The symbol used usually directed someone towards bringing wealth, give good health, long life and even make the holder become immortal. The most commonly used decoration was that of a shou character that represented happiness and long life. The character was illustrated at right and this character was of the three star Gods. Another representation was that of 18 lohan who ware the personal disciples of Buddha. The use of any group of the many revered immortals in china. These wishes were mostly coded in the expression of the person presenting this bottle as a gift. From this we can see that the bottle held a lot of significance to the people of china. To them this bottle held there life, health and prosperity and thus it were considered as the most precious thing a person could possess. The beauty of the bottle was more important than the use to which the bottle was put into uses

Chinese Snuff BottlesCertain Chinese snuff bottles were specifically used by the princes. The princes that could use this special bottle were usually those that were of the first and the second rank. Another group that were allowed to use these special   bottles were the emperor and there sons. This special bottle usually had the decoration of a dragon with five claws. The bottle that had the decoration of a dragon with four claws was restricted to the princess of the third and the fourth rank. The common people in the dynasty had their bottles decorated with the dragon with only three claws.

There were many animals that were used in the decoration of those Chinese snuff bottles. Some of them have been mentioned above. Other animals include the horse, hare, fish and the three legged toad. The horse is one the great treasures of Buddhism. The horse represented speed, perserverance, rank, wealth and power. The symbol of power and power came about as the result that the horses were mostly used to carry those of importance. The horse was usually carved in the naiveté style. The hare was usually curved on the bottle that was made from wood. The hare represented the wish of long life and immortality. The three legged toad was a symbol that represented wealth. This due to the myth that the creature had a purse that carried a lot of coins that no one could exhaust all the coins from the purse. The fish was an emblem that was used in decoration to represent wealth, abudance and harmony. The fish emblem was decorated on the bottle in different fashions.

Those Chinese snuff bottles are highly sought out in today China and in other parts of the world. There are certain number of collectors who have been interested in the collection of these Chinese snuff bottles and storing them safely or selling them out.


Snuff bottles for sale

Snuff bottles for sale

Carved Agate Snuff BottleChinese art is very famous for several centuries and is well-known for its uniqueness. There is no comparison between the Chinese art and that of other nation’s culture. Among such varied expressions of Chinese art, there are several fascinating artifacts that combine various art of production describing the decoration, legends and the myths of Chinese tradition. Those are nothing but the Chinese snuff bottles, one the most famous remarks of Chinese art. The Chinese snuff bottles and the snuff i.e. the powdered tobacco filled in these bottles are used throughout the ruling of Qing Dynasty.

These are considered as the heart of a fashion and due to its extraordinary styles, materials and techniques, these small 2-3 inch snuff bottles occupied a unique place in the history of Chinese art representing the products of Qing Dynasty. Though smoking is not encouraged during that period, due to its medicinal values the inhalation of snuff through snuff bottles is preferred. Consumption of snuff helps in curing some types of stomach disorders, cold and headache. There was a rise and fall of the fame of these snuff bottles and snuff with that of Qing dynasty.

Slowly, the usage of Snuff bottles also vanished after the establishment of Republic in 1912. But today, there is rapid growth among the people towards collecting these small snuff bottles from different dealers across the world. Across the globe, there is a growing trend in the number of collectors who are enthralled by these little, superb objects and captivated by their aesthetic and tactile qualities.

Though the usage of snuff bottles vanished completely, their collection has started in late 17th century when the organization collected a couple of them. It attracted the people by observing how intriguing they looked together. From then to till, there are many new collectors who gather all these sensible collections by contacting the dealers or purchasing them through online shopping or auctioning sites. There are several premium dealers available now a days Inside Painted Snuff Bottleand it is also important to differentiate the fake and original artifacts. Due to the increase of its popularity, there are many fake products being sold and many people are not in a position to differentiate them. Before making the purchase, know about the available snuff bottles for sale. It is also important to identify whether the dealer is selling the products legally or in illegal manner. It was widespread courtesy to offer associates a pinch of snuff upon gathering them in the road or at dwelling, and great rank gained to the proprietor of the most odd or finest container. The most widespread and effortlessly bypassed fakes are those made of epoxy resins or plastics.  There are several dealers who offer snuff bottles that are made of different authentic antiques for sale. The snuff bottles for sale are made of amber, ivory, coral, cinnabar, turquoise, and amidst other materials.

The snuff bottles are so small to fit in the palm and are available in different materials such as ceramic, jade, glass, ivory, porcelain and other metals. The most commonly used are those made of glass and are also available with small spoons to extract the snuff from them. Chinese snuff bottles are well decorated with various carvings and paintings. It is very time-consuming to design such bottles but due to their attractiveness, they are more appealing to the collectors. The carvings and paintings on the snuff bottle distinguish them in terms of value and quality.  Though the designs on the snuff bottles for sale cannot be identified by normal people, but there is a lot of significance behind the figures carved on them. There are a huge collection of such snuff bottles for sale from which one can choose the best one. If the customers are looking for any specific bottles, most of the dealers help them by collecting them from different auction centers.  The auction price of these bottles will also be reasonable.

snuff bottles for sale

The symbols are taken from different sources of history, religion and superstitions specifying the luck, health, wealth, immorality and many more. Horses and dragons are the frequently used animal designs among which horse is known for its speed, health, and power. Sooner, the concept of interior painting within the glass snuff bottles also became famous. Interior decorated snuff bottles are still made today expensively for collectors and inexpensively as souvenirs. These snuff bottles for sale is also available through online websites. Though selling the collected snuff bottles is tough, many people keep them for auctioning. Many dealers not only offer the snuff bottles for sale but also purchase them from different individuals. Snuff bottles for sale are also displayed in different fairs and exhibitions to reach wider audience. Genuine turquoise snuff bottle for sale is usually formed in light and dark colors blended and veins or marbling. No two hand carved snuff bottles would be precisely the same, so duplicates sold by multiple vendors are obvious phonies. The fakes tend to be impossibly consistent in hue and occasionally can even show lines from the mold they were poured in to. It is deceitful and against most on line auction company’s policies to misrepresent the material or the age of the snuff container and it is furthermore in some cases against the law. As a final note, know all the details about the snuff bottles before purchasing them.