Among the most beautiful of the world's domestic art forms are Chinese snuff bottles, Miniature flasks, often of astounding intricacy and tactile appeal, they were made during the Qing dynasty from jade, glass, porcelain, ivory, gourds, and even the skins of tangerines, then richly decorated for court and popular use.
Within the last 20 years, snuff bottles have been collected by an increasingly wide circle of enthusiasts. While recent research has produced a number of discussions of their history and use, the collecting of snuff bottles remains an area within which the unwary may be trapped, particularly as the spectacular rise in value of these small items has proved a spur to the skilled faker. Illustrated with 24 full-colour and 16 black-and-white plates. Chinese Snuff Bottles will serve as a useful and entertaining for the collecting of snuff bottles. After tracing the history of snuff bottles, establishing clear and useful divisions by materials and methods of decoration used.; 'Images of Asia' offers a range of titles covering aspects of life and culture in East Asia. Each book in the series combines an introductory text, written for the non-specialist reader by an authority on the subject, with extensive illustrations both in colour and black-and-white. 'Images of Asia' therefore provides a means of acquiring a deeper understanding and appreciation of the region in all its diversity.
Published by Oxford University Press, Hong Kong, 1994
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