* A Peking Glass Red Overlay Snuff Bottle, of a pear shape with a slender neck, having raised red colored archaic vessels with incised patterns and depicted raised on stands on a clear ground, the sides depicting ding vessels raised on stands, raised on a red foot ring. Height 3 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.
Provenance: Purchased from Loring Andrews Jewelers, Cincinnati, Ohio
In overall good condition, with minor wear throughout consistent with age and minor abrasions around the mouth rim. The bottle well hollowed. An old label affixed to the underside of the foot and, written in black pen along a side of the bottle: 'Snuff bottle of Tao Kwang Period 1821-1830'. The bamboo scoop intact, the domed portion of the lid likely of copal resin and intact, the surmounting glass bead with a small chip.
A Peking Glass Red Overlay Snuff Bottle, Height 3 inches.