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A coral snuff bottle, 19th Century. photo Bonhams

Of ovoid form with concave oval base, the body carved overall in low relief with bats and clouds, with coral stopper and silvered metal reeded collar. 2 1/4in (5.8cm) Sold for $17,080

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A white coral snuff bottle. photo Bonhams

Carved to imitate the shape of a foshou (Buddha's hand citron), with a leafy branch wrapped around the shoulder and four bats circling the sides, with red coral stem form stopper. 2in (5.7cm) Sold for $7,320

Bonhams. Fine Asian Works of Art, 22 Jun 2010. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco www.bonhams.com