A SILVER 'GUANGXU COIN' SNUFF BOTTLE
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A SILVER 'GUANGXU COIN' SNUFF BOTTLE

HUNG CHONG, GUANGZHOU OR SHANGHAI, 1890-1920

Details
A SILVER 'GUANGXU COIN' SNUFF BOTTLE
HUNG CHONG, GUANGZHOU OR SHANGHAI, 1890-1920
The coin is cast with the verso and recto of a Guangxu coin, inscribed in Chinese on one side with 'Guangxu tongbao' ('Guangxu currency'), and in Manchu on the other naming the Guangdong mint, all supported on a tall foot decorated with floral scroll. The foot is stamped with two seals, reading xingfa ('prosperity'), and the Roman letters 'HC'.
2 1/8 in. (5.5 cm.) high, glass stopper
Provenance
Sotheby's London, 5 December 1983, lot 141.
Sotheby's London, 6 December 1994, lot 188.
With Robert Hall, circa 1995.
Snuff Bottles from the Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part IV; Bonhams Hong Kong, 28 November 2011, lot 122.
Property from a Princely Collection.
Literature
Journal of the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, Spring 1998, p. 9.
Hugh Moss, Victor Graham and Ka Bo Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles. The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Volume 7, Hong Kong, 2009, no. 1629
Special notice

These lots have been imported from outside the EU for sale using a Temporary Import regime. Import VAT is payable (at 5%) on the Hammer price. VAT is also payable (at 20%) on the buyer’s Premium on a VAT inclusive basis. When a buyer of such a lot has registered an EU address but wishes to export the lot or complete the import into another EU country, he must advise Christie's immediately after the auction.

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