Chi­nese Snuff Bot­tles

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TO­BACCO WAS IN­TRO­DUCED TO CHINA AT THE END OF THE 16TH CEN­TURY, AFTER IT HAD AL­READY MADE ITS WAY FROM THE FIELDS OF NORTH AMER­ICA TO THE SA­LONS OF EUROPE. PIPESMOK­ING WAS THE PRE­FERRED FORM OF CON­SUMP­TION, BUT WHEN MING DY­NASTY EM­PEROR CHONGZHEN IM­POSED A NA­TIONAL BAN ON SMOKING IN 1639, SNUFF TOOK ITS PLACE. THE POW­DERED FORM OF TO­BACCO WAS DIS­TRIB­UTED IN OR­NATE BOT­TLES THAT BE­CAME SOUGHTAFTER AC­CES­SORIES AMONG THE ARIS­TOC­RACY. LONDON-BASED SNUFF BOT­TLE SPE­CIAL­IST ROBERT HALL IS BRING­ING MANY CLAS­SIC EX­AM­PLES TO THE FAIR.

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