* A Polychrome Enamel Porcelain Snuff Bottle, Republic Period, of cylindrical bottle form with traces of gilt paint to the mouth rim and depicting birds on flowering trees, apocryphal Daoguang four-character mark painted to the underside, with an amethyst colored glass stopper lid. Height 2 1/8 inches. Estimate $ 80-120
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 light wear, the underside with China written in black pen. The stopper, scoop and lid intact but with wear.
A Polychrome Enamel Porcelain Snuff Bottle, Height 2 1/8 inches.