**A FOSSILIFEROUS LIMESTONE SNUFF BOTTLE
Of rounded-rectangular form with flat lip and recessed oval foot surrounded by a
footrim, the mottled reddish-brown stone suffused with small, whitish shell-like
inclusions with starburst-like radiating lines, coral stopper with turquoise collar
25.7 cm. high
P R O V E N A N C E :
Potter’s Gallery, Vancouver.
The present example is an unusually vividly colored piece of fossiliferous limestone, the large fossil
cross-sections providing a particularly striking natural design. For four other bottles carved from a
similar type of limestone, with a reddish-brown ground suffused with lighter circular markings, see
B. Stevens, The Collector’s Book of Snuff Bottles, nos. 666 and 671; M. Hughes, The Blair Bequest.
Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Princeton University Art Museum, p. 85, no. 80; The Victoria and
Albert Museum, illustrated by H. White, Snuff Bottles from China, London, 1992, p. 115, no. 1;
and one formerly from the J & J Collection and sold in these rooms, 30 March 2005, lot 46.