Painted Chinese Snuff Bottles
A personal view by
John Neville Cohen
are some really incredible antique Chinese snuff bottles, mostly
made of glass, that have been painted, but on the inside of the
bottle! When one looks at the size of the hole it does
seem to be a very difficult achievement, yet they have succeeded
in painting attractive scenes, often including calligraphy, such
as a poem, or a few lines, apart from the artists signature.
are many poor modern inside painted bottles available, but there
are some modern ones that can be very attractive to collect too.
antique snuff bottles that are highly valued are painted with a portrait on one side
and calligraphy on the other. When one considers, that
they have had to paint the eye brows and eye lashes before the
remaining essentials to create these portraits, that are so good
and detailed that they almost look like miniature photographic
prints, it is easy to understand why they are so highly prized!
what I feel are also remarkable are the inside painted snuff
bottles that were not originally made to be painted by these
artists. I know of a bottle where the painter has taken a
very poorly hollowed rock crystal snuff bottle and painted the
inside with a wonderfully detailed scene of colourful fish that
extend all round the internal surfaces, it also includes his
signature. In this instance the two internal opposite
surfaces of the bottle are only about 3millimeters apart (about
the same size as the hole) so how one side could be painted
without spoiling the other is really hard to believe.
Neville Cohen: An international award winning photographer
who also became a well known Asian antiques collector and an
enthusiast of Jensen British classic cars.
Other interests are skiing and Salsa dancing.
The author has been a very keen
collector for many years in helping to create ‘The Cohen
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