About this object

A clear glass snuff bottle with a narrow neck and mouth. The stopper consists of a disc of yellow glass, a dome of deep red glass and a finial in green. A orange glass spoon is attached to the stopper. The body of the bottle is reverse glass painted with a group of performers on one side and a man and woman fishing in a boat on the other.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Smoking Narcotics
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China: Beijing
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Glass; Pigment; Paper Cardboard
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China: Beijing
  • Date collected
    1907-11-28 - 1907-12-04
  • Measurements
    70 mm x 30 mm x 11 mm; 2 3/4 in x 1 3/16 in x 7/16 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No A16: Three glass snuff boxes painted on the inside $1 each 2/- bought in Pekin. (a) Husband and wife fishing; reverse, men playing musical instruments. (b) Man kneeling on bank of river in strong wind, hat blown off, reverse flowers. (c) Man and woman flirting, woman on bridge, man at entrance to bridge; reverse a stork. Curator's note: Bell made a tour of China, Japan and Southeast Asia in 1907. Diary, Volume 4 tells us that he visited Pekin (now Beijing) between 28th November and 4th December 1907. On the 29th he visited Curio Street, a series of streets dedicated to shopping for Western tourists, it is likely that Bell bought this snuff bottle at that time. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell ( Collector)

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  • List of Curios

    Bell, Charles Alfred

    Author: Bell, Charles Alfred
    Description: A typed object catalogue from Bell's handwritten notes on a wide variety of objects from his personal collection. This information often contains, the date he obtained an object, its provenance (including where and who he acquired from) and the person responsible for giving him the information. The process of writing the inventory began in December 1912 and continued until the late 1930s.

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