A CARVED WHITE JADE 'COIN' SNUFF BOTTLE
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A CARVED WHITE JADE 'COIN' SNUFF BOTTLE

1766-1840

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A CARVED WHITE JADE 'COIN' SNUFF BOTTLE
1766-1840
The bottle is carved in relief following the design of a Spanish silver thaler with a portrait of Maria Theresa on one side and the royal Coat of Arms on the other.
2 in. (5.1 cm.) high, glass stopper
Provenance
Pat Miller Collection, Hawaii.
Robert Kleiner, London, 2008.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 4737.
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This lot is offered without reserve.

Lot Essay

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 19th century. The present example, based on a 1765 Maria Theresa thaler, is rare within the group. More commonly such ‘coin’ bottles feature the portrait of Charles III, based on a 1781 coin. Jade ‘coin’ bottles are also unusual within this group; bottles of this type are usually rock crystal, but examples have been found in other types of quartz and, very rarely, in glass. For a discussion of this ‘coin’ group, see Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, the Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol. 2, Hong Kong, 1998, pp. 154-157, no. 238.

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