* A Blue and White Porcelain Snuff Bottle, of bottle form, depicting a five-clawed dragon with scrolled clouds above crashing waves, having an ivory and coral stopper lid with carved wood stand, Wan Yu mark on the underside. Height 3 1/2 inches. Estimate $ 800-1,200
Property from the Estate of Jean Rolfing Cleland, Wilmette, Illinois
Jean Rolfing began collecting snuff bottles as a teenager in the 1930s. She purchased some for herself; others came from her parents and friends in celebration of holidays, birthdays and other special occasions. The last few bottles were gifts from her late husband, Robert A. Cleland, whom she married in 1945. The snuff bottle collection, housed in a beautiful display case, graced the living room of their home for more than a half century.
Provenance: Purchased at Bensabbot of Chicago
In overall good condition, with wear throughout. Having a wide, meandering crackle to the glaze, much wear to the foot ring. With minor surface abrasions, no apparent losses or restorations. Minor firing flaws present. Label stuck to the underside. The stopper and scoop intact but with wear. Wear to the stand.
A Blue and White Porcelain Snuff Bottle, Height 3 1/2 inches.