The peak of snuff bottle manufacture was during the 18th century. The use of snuff increased and decreased with the rise and fall of the Qing Dynasty and died away soon after the establishment of the. Original snuff bottles from the Qing period are a desirable target for serious collectors and museums.
A good bottle has an extra quality over and above its exquisite beauty and value: that is touch. Snuff bottles were made to be held and so, as a rule, they have a pleasant tactile quality. Without doubt, the class of bottle that arouses most interest in the non-collector is that known as inside painted.These are glass bottles which have pictures and often calligraphy. Painted on the inside surface of the glass. These delightful scenes are only an inch or two high and are painted while manipulating the brush through the neck of the bottle maybe only a quarter inch across, and also painted in reverse.
Ursula Bourne, in her treatise on snuff, suggests that artisans painted on their backs to make it easier to work through the narrow opening. It has been said that a skilled artist may complete a simple bottle in a week while something special may take a month or more and that the best craftsmen will produce only a few bottles in a year. A bottle by Kuie Hsiang-Ku (detail). The bottle at right is signed by a well-respected artist called Kuie Hsiang-Ku and is dated 1896.
The earliest inside painted bottles are thought to have been made in the period between 1820 and 1830 as, by then, the beauty of a snuff bottle was probably more important than utilitarian considerations-and considering thisfew would have been used for holding snuff. Like other types of snuff bottle, the range of subject matter used on inside painted bottles is without limit. There are scenes, fish, birds, poems, even portraits. They are testament to the skill and inventiveness of Chinese craftsmen.The item "Chinese antique snuff black glass bottle Waiter & Cashier in Chinese restaurant" is in sale since Saturday, December 08, 2012. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Snuff Bottles". The seller is "ukr10" and is located in Clearwater Beach, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.