A Chinese 19th century carved in high relief snuff bottle. Lose lid not fixed. Signed to the base carved figures.
Snuff bottles were used by the Chinese population during the Qing 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.Snuff bottles were made out of many different materials including porcelain, jade, ivory, wood, tortoiseshell, metal and ceramic, though probably the most common used material was glass.
Shipping and returns
Returns not accepted . Postage available to the UK only not for import due to ivory restrictions this is pre-banned Ivory 19th century so is not banned but cannot be exported out of the United Kingdom due to the Ivory restrictions on import/export etc