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Snuff bottles

Tabacco, originating for America had been introduced in China by  the end of 18th Century by the Europeans. During this era it was not smoked it was in powder form and the custom was to inhale. It was a respiratory aid.

The snuff bottles were made of many materials, carved stones like jade, agate, jasper, quartz, pottery, ivory, and porcelain was also used.

Among the most remarquable were those in glass and in glass paste, the famous Beijing glass which imitate all kind of natural stones.

The different way to use the glass with Transparent or opaque overlay carved decorations, and at the end of the 19th Century the inside painted snuff bottles.

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