What is snuff? How was it used? Why did the Chinese put it in bottles? What are the bottles made of, and how can you tell whether a bottle is an antique or a reproduction? Learn the answers to these questions and more by joining this study group covering the history and artistry of the Chinese snuff bottle. Avid collectors Vincent Fausone, Wesley Kirkholm, and Raymond Lum will lead the group, and will bring snuff bottles for study from their private collections. Information provided should be particularly valuable for docents who include, or would like to include, the museum’s snuff bottle collection as part of their Chinese gallery tours.
Vince Fausone is both a past president of ICSBS (the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society) and the SAA. Wesley Kirkholm is active in ICSBS and the SF Bay Area Snuff Bottle Collectors’ Group. Raymond Lum is a member of the Hong Kong Chinese Snuff Bottle Collectors’ Group, ICSBS, and the SF Bay Area Snuff Bottle Collectors’ Group.