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    Posted 5 years ago

    (435 items)

    Extracted from my crowded display cabinet ;-)

    My mother bought it in the 70' at a Chinese exposition at Galeries Lafayette, in Paris.

    At this time, these department stores, Le Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, held one expo a year and sold modern items, clothes decorative porcelain ware, jewelry, but also few antiques.

    I don't remember the price she paid, but at this time, Chinese antiques were very affordable!

    Both sides are decorated, one with a poem and signatures in red seal.

    It is 6.8cm or 2.5/8" high, 3.5cm or 1.3/8" wide.

    Coral, oxidised brass lid with cork stopper and bone spoon.

    Some brown powder remnants inside!

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    1. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Now you know this catches my eye Kyra ! It's beautiful. :)
    2. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Mike! Another collecting start? Thank youuuuu!

      Sean, Melanie, Officialfuel, many thanks for your prompt loves!
    3. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Exquisite, kyratango! :)
    4. Sunnybrook Sunnybrook, 5 years ago
      Very nice! Certainly a treasure.
    5. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 5 years ago
      kyra, I saw something very similar and I was not sure what it was. I am going to see if it is still there. Hope that you are doing well.
    6. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      It's a wonderful snuff bottle Kyra. I wonder what the poem is?
    7. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Kath, thanks for your exquisite comment :-))

      Sunnybrook, thank you so much for your kind comment!

      Vintagelamp, hi! Hope you're fine too :-)
      Thanks for your visit! If you manage to get the one you saw, please post it :-)

      Racer, thank you for your wonderful comment! Searching for the poem and signature would be an exhausting job... I' too lazy!

      Collective (lazy too!) But warm thanks to all 18 lovers/sniffers :-D
    8. toracat toracat, 5 years ago
      Really pretty! When younger though, I preferred white powder over brown!
    9. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Ha, Don you must speak of talcum powder in your baby age ;-D

      Thanks for your visit my friend!
    10. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
      I love those insite with one hair handpainted snuff botles. What a patience
    11. Alan2310 Alan2310, 5 years ago
      Great post and info kyratango, now you make me remember some of those snuff bottle, humm, I guess it's all about CW POST, now I will have to find them, Lol.

    12. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Marga, thank you for visiting, loving and leaving your kind comment :-)

      Alan thank you very much! Impatient to see your snuff bottles :-)
    13. OneGoodFind OneGoodFind, 5 years ago
      Thanks for posting this. Never seen anything like it. It's very cool looking.
      It's so cool you live in Paris. CW should do a big sight swap. I'd love to go there!!

      Haha toracat!
    14. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      That would be great to meet in real :-)
      Thank you OGF for your cool and kind comment!

      Many thanks to you, all 25 lovers :-D
    15. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Thanks Betty for stopping by and hit the love button :-D
    16. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Thank you Bonnie for the love :-)
    17. cshapiro cshapiro, 5 years ago
      kyratango this is a lovely bottle! If you ever want to sell it let me know! You can email me at
    18. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      Hey, this is really nice! Every time I see one now I think, ah, the lid fits! haha That's cuz mine doesn't! Not so sure what to do with mine either, the lid I mean.
    19. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      I know, they probably aren't referred to as lids, right?
    20. Master Master, 5 years ago
      Very nice piece amazing
    21. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Thank you Cathy, for your comment and opinion about maker on your post :-)
      I don't sell...

      Shareurpassion, thanks! The "lid" is a stopper :-))

      Master, many thanks for your interest and kind comment!
    22. Canberraman, 3 years ago
      This bottle is in the style of Zhou Leyuan. You can search auction results re his work at Sotheby’s by typing his name. Values ranging between few thousand USD and over ten thousand USD. There is no official records of Zhou’s birth or death but his works appeared during the late 19th century and early 20th century.

      I can’t tell from this bottle if it is Zhou’s work but seeing it was purchased in the 70’s then I guess it wouldn’t be a modern copy for sure.

      Best of luck and great collection Kyratango!
    23. kyratango kyratango, 10 months ago
      Canberraman, would you believe I didn’t see your comment!!!
      CW had a long problem with notifications :-((
      Thank you so much for your informations!

      I just posted it on a FB group and got a traduction of the poem:
      The poem
      ??????? Towering green mountains n white clouds
      ??????? Sunset, chicken and dog, a few rural houses.
      ??????? There is no fisherman on the river
      ??????? Peach flowers fall that shut the door
      ??? Signature
    24. apostata apostata, 7 months ago
      the signatures does,not make sense, i think not even in the aoxiang zhai period

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