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    Sale 11786

    The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles: Part II

    16 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 462

    A CARVED QUARTZ 'COIN' SNUFF BOTTLE

    1790-1830

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A CARVED QUARTZ 'COIN' SNUFF BOTTLE
    1790-1830
    The flattened globular bottle is carved in relief in the clear stone, following the design of a Spanish Eight Reales coin (Pieces of Eight), with a portrait of Charles III on one side and the royal Coat of Arms on the other.
    2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm.) high, chalcedony stopper


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    This bottle belongs to a series of intriguing 'coin' bottles carved with the two sides of the Spanish silver dollar which, along with a gold counterpart, were standard international currency in trading during the nineteenth century. Such bottles are usually of rock crystal but are also found in other types of quartz, nephrite, and, very rarely, in glass. For a discussion of these coins, see Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, the Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol. 2, Part 1, Hong Kong, 1998, pp. 154-157, no. 238.

    Provenance

    Robert Kleiner, London, 2011.
    Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5137.