* Three Snuff Bottles, the first of bamboo and of baluster form, with raised ruyi to the shoulders, with incised fish, crane and lotus pond decoration, the underside plugged with a round stopper, with a caramel colored hardstone stopper cover, the second of hornbill, of rectangular form having three squared handles issuing free-moving rings to each side, relief carved with scenes of figures in a house beneath a pine tree canopy and figures in a courtyard beneath scrolling lotus vines and leiwen bands, with scoop, stopper and cover carved from the same material, the third a compressed gourd, with a leaf-form scoop handle, each raised on a wood stand. Height of tallest 2 5/8 inches. Estimate $ 1,000-2,000
Property from the Estate of Harvey and Mildred Levy, St. Louis, Missouri
The bamboo example with wear, a patch of abrasion on the neck. With museum putty stuck to the underside and to the stand. Loss to the cork stopper, but scoop and cover intact but with wear.
The hornbill example in overall good condition with minor wear. Museum putty stuck to the underside and to the stand. Scoop, stopper and cover intact.
The gourd example in overall good condition with natural inclusions. The scoop handle possibly jade. Museum putty stuck to the stand.
Three Snuff Bottles, Height of tallest 2 5/8 inches.