Snuff Bottle and Stopper

Object Name: 
Snuff Bottle and Stopper

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Object Name: 
Snuff Bottle and Stopper
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
82.6.16
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 7.5 cm, W: 4 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1770-1829
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Marian Swayze Mayer
Web Description: 
The habit of taking snuff (inhaling powdered tobacco) spread to China from the West following the establishment of the Qing dynasty in 1644. While the smoking of tobacco was forbidden at that time, snuff was regarded as a remedy for a wide variety of diseases. Powdered tobacco and other Chinese medicines were dispensed in bottles rather than in boxes, as was customary in Europe. Snuff bottles were made of various materials, including hardstones, porcelain, ivory, and glass. The glass in many snuff bottles imitated semiprecious stones. Most of these bottles were oval with flattened sides, making them easy to carry. Small stoppers, often in contrasting colors, were attached to tiny spoons used for taking the snuff. The best bottles were carved, enameled, or painted on the inside with tiny landscapes, portraits, or inscriptions.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Mayer, Marian Swayze (d. 1982), Source
1981-12-22
Category: 
Primary Description: 
Opaque tan, transparent dark green non-lead glass; blown, overlay, carved. (a) Ovoid form, with lightly incised vertical ribbing to create raised, rounded panels, the tan glass overlaid with dark green, relief carved to create leaves, vines, tendrils, and butterflies on the surface; the base with carved six-petaled flower; small, circular opening at the top for a stopper and spoon. (b) Curved, bright green stone with faceted tip cemented to a metal disk with twisted wire decoration, mounted on a tapered cork, with stained red-brown ivory spoon, with long, narrow handle and pointed oval spatulate bowl.
Glass Snuff Bottles of China at Steuben Glass
Venue(s)
Steuben Glass, Inc. 1981-09-09 through 1981-10-03
La escultura en vidrio (2017) illustrated, p. 142 (fig. 3.41, right);
Escort Guide to the Galleries (2013) illustrated, p. 26, right; BIB# 134015
Escort Guide to the Galleries [V4/2013] (2013) illustrated, p. 26, right; BIB# 134856
The Corning Museum of Glass, A Guide to the Collections (2001) (2001) illustrated, p. 98, right; BIB# 68214
Uncovering treasures in the Empire State (1999) p. 130, fig. 3; BIB# AI43699
The Corning Museum of Glass and the Finger Lakes Region (1993) illustrated, p. 13, #21, fifth from left; BIB# 35681
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, pp. 36-37, #30; BIB# 33211