She said, "Take it with you, I can't take it with me." APPRAISER: Okay. A shop owner will usually talk about what he knows best: the retail price he'd place on the object in his shop.
GUEST: So as a thank you, she gave me the snuff bottle. And though there are no hard and fast rules, an object's auction price can often be half its retail value; yet for other objects, an auction price could be higher than retail.
If you are interested in disposing of your collection in a cost-effective way, taking advantage of our snuff-bottle expertise, contact us and we’ll be happy to give you more details of the logistics, options, and costs. Here the sky is the limit – well, actually, our capacity to input information is the limit, but we’re working on that.
Apart from the Bloch sales 1-5 working with Bonham’s, Hong Kong, we worked with Christie’s, Hong Kong and New York, on the J & J series of auctions (ongoing), and worked with Sotheby’s, Hong Kong, for Bloch sales, 6 – 10.The popularization of these vessels helps account for the many glass bottles produced to resemble jade, agate, quartz, lapis lazuli, and other precious materials: glass snuff bottles were less expensive and a good imitation passed all but the closest scrutiny.Chinese interest in snuff bottles as collectibles continued into the twentieth century, when delicate, inside-painted wares dominated the market.The nose application kept the nose membranes wet cutting down on dust inhaled and odors.Trademarks for commercial snuff date back to 1870 for Garrett's Snuff made in Philadelphia.