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  • Museum Accession No.: EA2001.155
  • Catalogue No.: 447
  • Object type: Snuff-bottle
  • Kiln/Location: Imari
  • Period/Date: 1750s
  • Dimensions: L. 4.6 cm; (without stopper) Fitted with gilt collar and chain and European porcelain stopper
  • Provenance: Story Fund
  • Description: Snuff-bottle moulded as two leaves, one overlapping the other, enamelled in two shades of green and aubergine, with modelled flowers in red and gold. The collar and chain of European gilt-metal, the stopper on enamelled porcelain modelled and confronted doves, in red, green and blue, probably from the St. James's factory.

    Japanese porcelain snuff-bottles are extremely rare; no others appear to be recorded. The stopper is firmly attributed to the St.James's Factory (formerly known as 'The Girl in the Swing' factory) in London, active in the 1750s. Had this recent purchase been made in time for the piece to be included in the catalogue, it would have appeared as no. 308A.

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