21 September 2010

Inside-Painted Snuff Bottles



 

My parents visited China and brought these back for their friend.

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These are decorative snuff bottles hand-painted from the inside.

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From Wikipedia, “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.

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…and they came in this very pretty red box.Box1

If you get one of these bottles, what do you think you’ll use it for?

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