20 - 21 March 2014
PROPERTY FROM A NEW ENGLAND PRIVATE COLLECTION
THREE SNUFF BOTTLES
One is a malachite bottle, 1800-1900, of flattened, rounded rectangular form. The second is a turquoise bottle, 1960-1970, carved on one side with a dragon and with a phoenix on the reverse. The third is an inside-painted glass bottle, 1720-1870, decorated on one side with leafy bamboo, the reverse with an inscription.
2, 2 and 2 5/8 in. (5, 5 and 6.7 cm.) high, coral, turquoise and glass stoppers (3)
Kay Blair Collection (1916-1985), Princeton, New Jersey, acquired in London, 1960s, and thence by descent.
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