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Two snuff bottles. photo Bonhams

The first a ruby-colored hardstone snuff bottle, carved as a melon with leaves and crickets, the jade stem-form stopper with gilt metal ribbed collar; the second a lapis lazuli snuff bottle of gourd shape with leafy foliage, with coral stopper. 1 3/4 and 1 1/2in (4.4 and 4.2cm) Sold for $4,880

Illustrated: Hidden Treasures of the Dragon (1991), cat. no. 140

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An aquamarine snuff bottle. photo Bonhams

Of flattened rectangular form, with a flat mouth rim, oval mouth and oval foot rim, carved with a scholar seated in a summer garden holding a fan, with a pink tourmaline stopper and vinyl collar. 2 1/4in (5.6cm) Sold for $4,270

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An aquamarine snuff bottle, 19th Century. photo Bonhams

Of slender elongated form, with a flat mouth, oval foot rim and recessed base, the translucent light blue body carved into a continuous landscape with a figure about to enter into a gated cave amidst a cliff, waterfalls and pavilions, with conforming stopper and vinyl collar. 2 in (5 cm) Sold for $3,660

Provenance: Purchased P. Kaufman, June 1990

Illustrated: Hidden Treasures of the Dragon (1991), cat. no 92

Exhibited: Gallery of New South Wales,
Sydney, Australia December 1991

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Two snuff bottles. photo Bonhams

The first 19th Century, of compressed ovoid form and simulating sharkskin, the coral stopper surmounted with turquoise finial, with vinyl collar; the second, first half of 20th Century, a turquoise bottle of flattened spade form, with flat mouth and recessed oval foot rim, the coral stopper surmounted with a glass finial and vinyl collar. 1 3/4 in (4.5cm); 1 3/4 in (4.4cm) Sold for $1,342

Provenance: The first:
Eldreds, purchased August, 2006
Ex-collection Alice McReynolds

The second:
Ted Adameck, purchased August, 1992

Bonhams. Fine Asian Works of Art, 22 Jun 2010. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco www.bonhams.com