Chinese carved ivory snuff bottle. c. 1920.

£395.00

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Chinese carved ivory snuff bottle. c. 1920.

This fine, humourous and beautifully carved snuff bottle was produced in China in the first quarter of the twentieth century. It illustrates the Chinese folk tale of the boy and the giant radish. Onr morning a young boy went out into the garden vegetable patch and found a giant radish. Delighted with his find, he tried to pull it up, but could not. Seeing his plight, two squirrels came to help him, but still the radish would not move. Gradually more and more woodland and farm animals come to his aid until eventually the radish comes out ogf the earth. This tale is akin to The old lady who swallowed a fly, or The house that Jack built - it grows in the telling.

This finely carved ivory snuff bottle stands 6cm high and is 3cm at its widest point. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition and retains its original stopper and spoon. It has no damage and no restoration.