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Cloisonné enamel snuff bottle
£ 550.00

When I first saw this snuff bottle, I assumed it was Russian, made around 1900.  Although un-marked, the enamelling technique and the colours of the shaded enamel were so typical of the best Russian work of the period that I was convinced.

Later, thinking about it, I concluded that a snuff bottle was n't a very Russian item, and Russians were also pretty fierce about hall-marking.  Although the bottle is silver-gilt, it bears no marks of any kind.  Then I looked at the green enamel down the sides and China sprang into my mind - and now I am sure that is what it is - a Chinese snuff bottle copying - which the Chinese are famous for - Russian cloisonné enamel technique and colouring.

The top is quite a tight fit, but not liquid-proof. It would have had an ivory spoon attached to extract the snuff.  Whatever, it is a very decorative and beautiful item, with an overall height of 2 3/4 inches: 71 mm.

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