While GB was
staying with us we went to the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight. One of the remarkable items there is Lord
Lever’s collection of Chinese snuff bottles.
188 snuff bottles – mostly around 1918 - and his collection is one of the best in the country.
Snuff is powdered tobacco mixed with herbs and spices and inhaled through
the nose. The habit of snuff taking
spread to China from the West in the 17th and 18th
exquisite miniatures, which measure between one-and-a-half and three inches
high, not only illustrate the technical virtuosity of Qing dynasty craftsmen,
but also provide a window on life and culture in late imperial China.
Many of the
bottles were brilliantly designed and made from a variety of materials
including glass, porcelain, stone, ivory, coral, lacquer, amber and even a bean
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