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Chinese Snuff Bottle Hand Carved Natural Serpentine Stone Spoon Top, circa 1920



This is a beautiful Chinese snuff bottle, heavy for its size and hand carved from a mottled stone with a celadon color, which we attribute to Serpentine and dating to the early 20th century. The bottle has a slightly tapering oval section and is hand carved with vertical ribs or flutes with cross cuts on the ribs giving a bamboo style effect. It has a lovely light green or beige celadon color. The bottle is heavy for its size and quite cold when held. It has been hand polished, making it smooth and very tactile. There are many different types of stone used by the Chinese for carving snuff bottles and we attribute this piece to Serpentine stone based on its weight and coloring. The stopper has a top of a different material, possibly a different type of red stone and is fitted with a bronze spoon inside the lid. We date this piece to the earlier part of the 20th century, circa 1920.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 3.57 in. (9.07 cm)Width: 1.25 in. (3.18 cm)Depth: 1.07 in. (2.72 cm)
  • Style
    Qing (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1920
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very Good Condition. Some wear to base as expected.
  • Seller Location
    Lincoln, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: P 13221stDibs: LU990316086621

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    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 9-19 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Lincoln, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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