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Snuff bottles have fascinated Western and Asian collectors since they were first produced in China in the early part of the 18th century. Conceived as precious containers for ground tobacco imported into China, snuff bottles were initially made for the emperor and the court, and eventually produced in much greater quantities for a public who enjoyed their functionality as well as their display as symbols of status.
These exquisite modern-day reproductions not only illustrate the technical virtuosity of Chinese craftsmen, but also provide a window on life and culture in late imperial China.Painted enamel, duck design on front, butterflies on back