|Title:||5 Horn And Ivory Snuff Bottles in Case|
|Date/Era/Period:||1900 - 1940|
|Description:||5 horn and ivory snuff bottles in case, the shaped ivory panels engraved with birds, rabbits and landscapes, the reverses with archaic vessels.|
|Condition:||Item is very old although it is in excellent condition except one bottle does not have the spoon on it.|
|Origin:||I bought it about 30 years ago in an antique store.|
|Appraised By:||Louis Lawrence|
|History Of The Item:||Sets of bottles of this type were made for the western collector's market and not for use as snuff bottles. Although this style of engraving on ivory and horn has existed since the 18th century, the height of popularity of this technique was during the first part of the 20th century. These bottles come from that era as can be determined by the designs and the techniques used. This is confirmed by the shapes of the bottles, some of which were not seen prior to 1900. The calligraphy on the front of the teak hardwood box/display cabinet indicates that the contents are a set of snuff bottles.|
|Appraiser Tips:||Horn and ivory are organic materials and so care must be taken not to put them in extremes of temperature or a widely varying degrees of humidity.|
|Research Sources:||There are many good books on snuff bottles, the classic is by Chinese Snuff Bottles Lilla S Perry. A more advanced book is The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle by Moss, Gerrard and Tsang|
|Appraiser Comments:||Sets of snuff bottles made for the tourist or export market like this are not the most popular among snuff bottle collectors. The fact that there are five from the same factory itself means they are none too scarce. It may be that selling these individually will get you more money than selling as a set, if indeed you do decide to sell.|
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