Snuff Bottle with Stopper

Object Name: 
Snuff Bottle with Stopper

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Object Name: 
Snuff Bottle with Stopper
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Accession Number: 
Overall H: 7.7 cm, W: 3.3 cm
Not on Display
about 1780-1880
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.
Mayer, Marian Swayze (d. 1982), Source
Primary Description: 
Opaque blue, opaque turquoise non-lead glass; blown, overlay, cameo-carved. (a) Long, ovoid form, with short neck, tapering shoulders, slightly rounded sides; turquoise overlay on blue, cameo-carved to yield a design of multi-petaled flowers on leafy plants, with stylized rocks below; carved oval base ring, recessed within. (b) Domed cloudy green form with cylindrical sides; drilled underneath; attached to a cork shank and ivory spoon with long handle and oval bowl.
Glass Snuff Bottles of China at Steuben Glass
Steuben Glass, Inc. 1981-09-09 through 1981-10-03
La escultura en vidrio (2017) illustrated, p. 142 (fig. 3.41, left);
Escort Guide to the Galleries (2013) illustrated, p. 26, left; BIB# 134015
Escort Guide to the Galleries [V4/2013] (2013) illustrated, p. 26, left; BIB# 134856
Plastik sanatlarda cam malzemenin uygulanisi (2003) illustrated, p. 20, fig. 2.8; BIB# 120381
The Corning Museum of Glass, A Guide to the Collections (2001) (2001) illustrated, p. 98, left; 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, left; BIB# 35681
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, pp. 36-37, #30; BIB# 33211