Friday, 15 May 2015

History of Snuff Bottles

Snuff bottles that appeared in china have a long history. These bottles were made in a variety of designs, styles and different materials were used for making snuff bottles. These are small in size and represent exquisite artistic skills. These bottles became very popular in china during the Qing dynasty. Tobacco reached china from Europe during the sixteenth century. It was earlier smoked in pipes. The use of tobacco as a snuff began in china during the Qing dynasty in 1644. At that time, smoking was prohibited but the use of snuff was allowed owing to its medicinal properties. It was considered to be an effective treatment for cough, cold, headaches and other ailments.  Snuff was therefore dispensed in bottles as medicines. Read more here about snuff bottles. 

The popularity of snuff bottle was established during the end of the seventeenth century. The use of snuff became a ritual for upper classes of the society.  The containers used for storing snuff were highly decorated and became the subject of discussion. These became popular all over the world through the time. It became a custom to offer a pinch of snuff to a friend while meeting in a street or whenever a guest visits home. The owner of the most stylish snuff bottle was considered to have a high status. 

Snuff bottles were made in every kind of material. Different materials that were used included porcelain, jade, glass and other popular stones such as ivory, etc. A large quantity of snuff bottles were produced due to their increased demand in the market.  Most bottles were made in the eighteenth century but a few were also produced during the beginning of the nineteenth century.  The popularity of snuff bottles fell with the fall of Qing dynasty in china. After the establishment of republic in 1912, craze for snuff bottles become to fade away. But, there are an increased number of collectors of snuff bottles all over the world. People are still fascinated about the design and style of these small miniature bottles.  They love collecting these antique pieces to keep in their homes.