AUD $88.00

Vintage Chinese Gourd Snuff Bottle

We've just bought a delightful collection of Vintage Chinese Snuff Bottles, that were purchased on a number of visits to Hong Kong in the 1960's. (So none will be younger than that and a few will be a bit older...)

This sinuosly curved, double sided, smooth brass snuff bottle is based on the Buddhist bottle gourd. With a very richly handpainted/coloured translucent glowing deep "emerald green" enamel (glass baked onto the brass, between attached wire "cloisonnes" or enclosed spaces that contain the pattern and define the colour areas of the design, especially the fine cloud outlines in  the intense deep green enamelled surface. On this patterned background a "Tree Paeony" trunk rises diagonally with two full flowers, one touched with red the other blue, and leaves in bright "lime green" ( I've noticed in the photos the Paeony trunks look chipped but they aren''s a clear glaze which therefore looks hollow.) The glowing deep green glass with these lime highlights creates a superb overall colour combination.

The domed "rose quartz" (or pink glass) lid, is set with an intact cork to seal the bottle and fitted with a token brass spoon. (I say token as I assume this piece was made, back then, for the Tourist Market and the spoon would never have known snuff.)

However, now it is older and rather lovely, being both small and inexpensive it makes an appealing Vintage Collectable.

Remember, it's from Hong Kong it was bought may have been made there, or on the mainland .......
but one of them was also labelled "Republic of Taiwan" so your guess is a good as mine.

Age:  Mid 20th Century

Size: H 94 mm x W 50 mm x D 23 mm

Weight:  60 grams