A shadow chalcedony 'bird' snuff bottle, 1780-1850

Lot 6019. A shadow chalcedony 'bird' snuff bottle, 1780-1850Estimate US$ 3,000 - 5,000 (€2,700 - 4,500). Photo Bonhams.

Well-hollowed, the flattened globular bottle raised on a spreading oval foot ring, with a straight neck, recessed lip, utilizing the natural dark inclusions in the semi-translucent gray stone, carved to the front to display two birds and rock formations, the reverse naturally forming an intriguing zen style image with an ink stroke-like dot within an irregular circle; uneven surfaces. 2 1/2in (6.4cm) high

Provenance: Robert Hall, 4th July 1989

Bonhams. CHINESE SNUFF BOTTLES FROM TWO PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTIONS, 10:00 EDT - NEW YORK