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A Reticulated Coral and Turquoise Inset Snuff Bottle



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The bottle of bulbous circular shape with a straight neck, standing on a raised and flared oval footring.

Each face with inset coral cabochon to the centre surrounded by a chased and engraved reticulated design of dragons amongst clouds contesting a pearl.

The shoulders with lion mask and fixed-ring handles.

The screw-in stopper inset with smaller coral and turquoise stones.

A super, hard-to-find, highly unusual collector's bottle. One for the purist.


19th - 20th Century


All good

Measures 3 1/4" ( 8.2 cm) including stopper


PROVENANCE; Michael & Elizabeth Kaynes.


Provincial auction house sale, United Kingdom, March 2008.

'Michael and Elizabeth Kaynes are amongst the most highly regarded of snuff bottle collectors and their contribution to the study and understanding of these items is recognised by all those involved in the snuff bottle world today.

Michael worked in Hong Kong from 1962 and was ideally placed to take advantage of the ready supply of snuff bottles in Hong Kong at this time.'

notes taken from the original sale catalogue





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