White Jade Snuff Bottle

Regular price $20,000

Pure white Jade material is hard to find.  Although white carvings can be found in ancient times, it wasn’t until the 18th century that the Chinese widely implemented it in quantity.  Pure even color raw stone was not cheap.  Carvers would pay a premium and thus clientele were not from the working class.  Snuff was original used to disguise the stench smell when traveling.  Its usage is traced back to the 17th century and brought soon after to China.  Wealthy patrons commissioned elaborate containers such as boxes and bottles.  The more elaborate the higher the price.  It was not uncommon for these delicacies to be given as gifts. Traditionally the snuff bottle contained the body and a top with an attached spoon the would fit under one's nose.  This example is of pure white material which is well hollowed and has tapered shoulders.  Its top is made of spinach green Jade with a bone spoon. With a raised foot so that it can easily stand or be displayed. Its soft silky patina make it a pleasure to hold and cherish. Approximately 2 7/8" high x 1 5/8" wide. 18th/19th century.