Glass Imitating Agate Snuff Bottle


Height: 2-1/4 inches, Width: 2 inches

With Tiger’s Eye Stopper

Qing Dynasty, 1800-1850



This is a fun bottle showing the playfulness of the Chinese artists making glass to appear as another material. In this instance, the glass is cast as a solid block and worked to imitate a three color cameo agate. The colors achieved are vivid and the bottle is superbly rendered. The bottle is of flattened rounded form resting on a raised foot with a tiger’s eye stopper. This bottle is among the best examples of this category. In our opinion, the subject matter, material and workmanship indicate a date in the first half of the nineteenth century.


Ex: Ashkenazie & Co. Collection, San Francisco circa 1989.

Reference Number: 4089

Price Available Upon Request


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