A miniature yellow glass snuff bottle

19th century

the flattened shield-shaped bottle with a short waisted neck and concave oval foot, the glass of pale egg-yolk tone, pink tourmaline stopper

height 4 cm without stopper

from a Dutch private collection acquired prior to the 1980’s

There is a wide range in shapes and colour of yellow glass bottles, and they were produced over such an extensive period that it makes a plain bottle like the present one difficult to date. A near-identical example is illustrated in H.M. Moss ‘Chinese Snuff Bottles Number 5’, London, 1969, page 15. For a discussion on yellow glass snuff bottles and various examples, see H.M. Moss ‘Snuff Bottles of China’, London, 1971, pp. 37 and 105.

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