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Rare 18-19 aventurine Peking Glass Snuff Bottle


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A Qianlong/ Jiaqing /Daoguang faux aventurine snuff bottle (cf note below). Black Peking Glass with lots of gold plus a few spots of red makes for a gorgeous snuff bottle. This is sometimes also known as gold aventurine glass or gold stone. In any case, this type of glass was introduced to the Qing (Ch'ing) court in the 18th century by Italian Jesuits. The gold suspended in black glass has always been a favorite for snuff bottle collectors. This one is very rich in gold on both sides. The slightly irregular shape and the color of the matrix point to 18-early 19th century. Later top is made of clear glass with a jade glass bead and a bone spoon. 2 1/2 inches high and great condition. There is an old store tag with inventory number and an early 1980s Chinese government seal. At that time, it was still allowed to export 19th century snuff bottles, and a some did leave China to form the core of many major collections. I found this in a pile in a Beijing Friendship store around 1980. I kept the old tag. Wish I bought more.

A fine antique gold aventurine glass snuff bottle, hard to find today. Please take a look at my other snuff bottles listed now.
Note 1: "Snuff Bottles of the Collection of the National Palace Museum", p206 #251 show one with a similar matrix. A similar one with Qianlong mark can be found on p. 115, #61 of the Bloch Collection.
Note 2: The process of making this type of gold suspended glass must have been lost some time in the 1920-30s. What is made today is quite different if we look closely, at least for now.
Note 3: Today, the Chinese government officially no longer permit the export of true antiques of any kind, definitely not 19th century items.