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AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE

18TH-19TH CENTURY

6.5 cm high (without stopper)

The bottle is of compressed ovoid form surmounted with a straight neck with concave lip, and supported on a slightly splayed foot. The translucent stone is of light honey tone with caramel and flecked dark brown areas, which are skilfully carved in low relief to depict a gourd releasing two bats. The coral stopper is carved in the form of a small coiled dragon and mounted with a gilt metal collar.

Provenance:

Formerly in a Dutch private collection

Acquired from Robert Hall