Glass Snuff Bottles


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Glass overlay snuff bottle with the twelve zodiac animals. Seen here are a horse, a monkey, a dog, and a snake,1780–1850.

Glass snuff bottle carved in the form of a crouching monkey holding a peach,1800–1850.

Glass snuff bottle with double overlays of milky white and transparent sapphire-blue colors on white glass carved with a continuous design of two four-clawed dragons, 1760–1790. Bloch Collection.

Glass snuff bottle with double overlay of white and emerald-green on a pink ground carved to illustrate silkworms, silk moths and cocoons on branches of a mulberry tree, Li Junting School. Bloch Collection

Glass snuff bottle with double overlay of deep green and yellow on a pink ground carved to illustrate silkworms, a silk moth and cocoons amidst branches of a mulberry tree, Li Junting School.

Glass snuff bottle with white overlay on a turquoise ground carved to illustate a boy tending two horses with two swallows above and an inscription, seal Junting, dated 1819. Bloch Collection.

Glass snuff bottle with cinnabar-red overlay on a white ground carved to illustrate a planter on a stand with prunus tree and inscription above, the reverse with brush-pot holding objects and another scene below, Li Junting. Bloch Collection.

Translucent white glass engraved on one side with three scholars and trees, the reverse and the area above the figures inscribed with the text from Su Shi’s Second Ode to the Red Cliff, 1890–1910. Bloch Collection.

Tanslucent grayish-white glass engraved on one side with a scholar being punted in a boat beneath cliffs and inscription, the reverse with an inscription followed by a signature, Wu Xijiu, and seal of the artist. Bloch Collection.

Amber-brown glass with swirling threads of milky white. Bloch Collection.

Crizzled clear glass with sapphire-blue sploshes, the side showing one small spot of opaque red glass, high on one shoulder, 1736–1770. Bloch Collection.

Emerald-green glass, the base inscribed in relief seal script, Guyue Xuan [Ancient Moon Pavilion], 1766–1790. Bloch Collection.

Multi-faceted realgar glass bottle,1710–1780. Bloch Collection.

Pale pink glass bottle carved to illustrate a continuous design of formalized lotus petals, 1730–1820. Bloch Collection.

Turquoise-blue glass carved on each side with an identical design of a tied bunch of lotus stems, the narrow sides each with an inscription and the base, Guangxu period. Bloch Collection.

Imperial yellow glass engraved on both sides with a poetic inscription in clerical script, the base marked in regular script, Qianlong yuzhi [Made by Imperial command of the Qianlong Emperor], 1760–1799. Bloch Collection.

Milky-white glass carved with eight lobed panels inscribed with a poem in regular script divided between lobes, 1750–1799. Bloch Collection.

Glass snuff bottle with ruby-red overlay on snowstorm ground carved to illustrate a horse and bat on each side, 1750–1780. Bloch Collection.

Glass snuff bottle with pink overlay on a turquoise-blue ground carved with a bow tied around a flowering peony and bamboo, 1750–1790. Bloch Collection.

Glass snuff bottle with pale olive-green overlay on a transparent milky ground carved to illustrate a chi dragon and a bat, 1750–1790. Bloch Collection.

Glass snuff bottle with sapphire-blue overlay on a milky-white ground carved to illustrate a butterfly flying over a rocky ground with flowering narcissus, 1750–1790. Bloch Collection.

Sapphire-blue overlay on transparent milky glass ground carved to illustrate a bat and two peaches on each side, 1730–1770. Bloch Collection.

Glass snuff bottle with white overlay on dark sapphire-blue ground carved with two lily flowers on each side, 1750–1790. Bloch Collection.

Enameled milk glass bottle signed Wu Yuchuan.

Snuff bottle, glass with red overlay in the form of the character long (dragon). Daoguang period. [After Geng Baochang and Zhao Binghua, eds., Zhongguo biyan huzhen shang (Snuff Bottles for Connoisseurs' Collection), 1992), p. 75.]

Bamboo-shaped snuff bottle, glass with painted enamels, enameled mark Yongzheng nianzhi, National Palace Museum, Taipei. [After National Palace Museum, Masterpieces of Chinese Snuff Bottles in the National Palace Museum,(Taipei, 1974), cat. no. 21.]

Blue glass bottle carved to illustrate a continuous design of a peach tree laden with its fruit.

Realgar glass carved with mask and ring handle on each side, mark on the base.

Glass snuff bottle with ruby-red overlay on a yellowish-white ground carved with a continous design of seven double gourds, 1750–1790. Bloch Collection.

Very early green glass snuff bottle of meiping shape.

Glass snuff bottle with blue overlay on colorless ground carved with a chi dragon on each side, 1710–1750. Bloch Collection.

White glass bottle with cherry-red overlay depicting begonia blossoms, 1770–1830. Princeton University Art Museum, The Blair Bequest.

Transparent ruby-red glass; carved on each main side with a slightly recessed circular panel, one with low relief carving of orchids growing beside a rocky outcrop and on the other engraved with a poetic inscription in regular script