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The Meriem Collection. Lot 688

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**A RARE CRYSTAL EGG-SHAPED SNUFF BOTTLE
1750-1850
Of ovoid form with a small circular concave foot, the translucent stone of very pale
brown tone with faint concentric bands, pearl stopper with gilt-metal collar
4.8 cm. high
$3,000-5,000

Despite its evident symbolism of fertility and association with the ubiquitous wish for progeny,
egg-shaped-shaped snuff bottles, without any compression of form, are extremely rare. This is
especially surprising, given the obvious functional efficiency and universal appeal.

A rare white glass egg-form snuff bottle imitating nephrite, formerly from the J & J Collection, was
sold in these rooms, 29 March 2006, lot 49.
1750-1850

The Meriem Collection. Lot 688

Hugh Moss |