Snuff jar dating
The early school The first known inside painted snuff bottles are dating from 1800-1805, the beginning of the early school.
These first bottles are cristal ones, sometimes faceted and painted with black ink.
Some well-known artists in tribute to Zhou Leyuan signed snuff bottles of his name but put their personal seal not to create misunderstanding.
Indeed each painter put his personal red seal on his bottles that allow us to know who really painted one bottle.
The snuff bottles of this school, made to contain tobacco, are rare and expansive.
According to the Hong Kong-based researcher Liang Xingzhi, Gan Xuan prepared his rock crystal snuff bottles by filling them with finely ground granite powder and water.