Remedy for common illnesses? $662,500 snuff bottle sells at Sotheby’s!
Posted at 8:25 pm by 1909ventilo, on November 12, 2010
An Enamel On Copper European-Subject Snuff Bottle, Qianlong Mark And Period, Sold for $662,500 (est. $250/350,000). Photo: Sotheby’s.
The highlight of the collection was An Enamel On Copper Snuff Bottle, Imperial, Palace Workshops, Beijing, Qianlong Mark And Period (1736-1795) which doubled the low estimate to sell for $662,500 (est. $250/350,000). The superb bottle would possibly have been owned by the Qianlong emperor who was known for his fascination with European Culture.’’
Snuff bottles were used by the Chinese during the Quing Dynasty to contain powdered tobacco. Smoking tobacco was illegal during the Dynasty, but the use of snuff was allowed because the Chinese considered snuff to be a remedy for common illnesses such as colds, headaches and stomach disorders. Therefore, snuff was carried in a small bottle like other medicines. The snuff bottle is comparable to the snuff box used by Europeans.
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