* A Rock Crystal Snuff Bottle, of compressed flask form having relief carved faux handles modeled after lion masks with carved coiled manes issuing rings, raised on an oval foot ring, having a chilong carved coral stopper lid and carved, undulating scoop stem, raised on a fitted hardwood stand. Height 3 inches. Estimate $ 1,000-2,000
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, complete condition, with a few very minor flake chips to the interior mouth rim. The bottle very well hollowed. The stone having a few very small scattered inclusions. The scoop intact, the coral lid with natural inclusions and wear. The stand in good condition with minor wear.