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**AN AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE
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**AN AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE

1750-1870

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**AN AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE
1750-1870
Of compressed form with concave lip and recessed oval foot surrounded by a footrim, the translucent stone of pale greyish-beige tone with faint cloud-like markings and random russet inclusions, green chalcedony stopper with gilt-metal collar
2 33/64 in. (6.4 cm) high
Provenance
Potter's Gallery, Vancouver.
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Lot Essay

The rounded-rectangular form of this bottle became immensely popular in the mid-Qing period. It was particularly favored by jade-carvers wishing to show off the attractive color and surface texture of the material to its best advantage and is also found in a range of agate and other materials, many of which can be associated with Imperial production. As with this example, they are usually extensively and very painstakingly hollowed.

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