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Rhino Horn Snuff Mull

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A rare and interesting snuff mull made from rhino horn and carved into the form of a traditional Scottish ram's horn mull; profusely carved with figures before traditional Chinese buildings amongst trees, the curl of the horn with shallow carved leaves; the domed cover with conforming carving, a silver-coloured metal hinge with thumb lift.

 

Chinese circa 1830.

 

4 1/4 in x dia: 1 7/8 in 

 

A rare case of the Chinese copyist's art whereby it can be assumed that a Scottish mariner or supercargo has spontaneously commissioned one of the many Cantonese carvers to copy and interpret his ram's horn snuff mull. From the eighteenth and throughout the nineteenth century a huge Chinese Export Trade developed on the back of the export of Chinese porcelain and tea, supercargos mediating between the masters of skilled Chinese craftspeople and western merchants, the goods being despatched from the hongs of Canton. 

 

Item Code: 4177

£ 3400

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