A Pair Of Silver Partridge Snuff Bottles Inlaid With Jade, Coral And Turquoise.

19th century
Silver, jade, coral, turquoise. Mongolia
H: 9cm Total weight: 173g

• Royal Ontario Museum, 1969.
• Formerly in the George Crofts Collection.
• Private Canadian Collection.


A pair of silver snuff bottle in the form of partridges with their heads tilted upwards, standing on a flat rectangular foot, feathers and eyes are inlaid with jade, coral and turquoise. The head detachable from the body acting as the original lid.

• Similar snuff bottles in bird form inlaid with stones is in the Fred C. Kennedy, a renowned mineral collector and member of The Chinese Snuff Bottle Society of America.