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Snuff bottles, still up to snuff

During the Qing dynasty, the snuff bottle became a fashion and art in its own right. In the first half of the 18th century, an imperial workshop was even dedicated to making these items. To rephrase French writer Charles Baudelaire who suggested that the bottle didn’t matter so much as drunkenness, here, the opposite applied: drunkenness didn’t matter so much as the bottle…


A Gustav Klimt Drawing For Sale

Shapiro Auction's upcoming May 18 auction features a wide range of exceptional art, from a sensual Gustav Klimt drawing to a Fabergé Russian icon.