* A Carved Opal Snuff Bottle,
of compressed flask form with a recessed, lozenge form foot, having incised decoration depicting a phoenix looking towards a sun and scrolled clouds, the reverse depicting lingzhi and a bat, with a white hardstone stopper lid and fitted, lotus carved hardwood stand.
Height 2 1/4 inches.
Estimate $ 300-500
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.
Purchased at Bensabbot of Chicago
In overall good condition with minor wear throughout consistent with age and use. Having an old, ground flake chip to the mouth rim and an old chip to the foot ring. The stand, scoop and lid intact.