Hello, all. I thought, apropos of the discussions yesterday about Chinese snuff and such, that I'd ask a question of you more experienced snuffers out there about gear.
Specifically, I'm asking about the agate, jade, and so forth snuff bottles. These used to be in fairly common use among the literati class, and were affected by the well-off. Some were just hollowed-out pebbles, while others were far more elaborate, with carvings and such that make the mind boggle as the eye squints to see how it was done.
Anywho, I import jade jewelry and such, and had always seen the suppliers for these things and was sort of mystified, as I thought of them as sort of souvenirs and curios for the tourist trade. The Chinese still make, collect, and present these little things, most frequently as ceremonial gifts for scholars and such-like. The prices the suppliers quote range from the ridiculous (some specimens at a few bucks per) to the insane (others have some that are sold for hundreds and could retail for thousands, to the right buyer), with quality of materials and workmanship roughly in line with these prices.
I've attached photos of a few specimens from one jade workshop I've dealt with in the past. They supply highly-carved jade bangles for me, and their workmanship is always very good.
Any thoughts on whether these might be worth bringing in?