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Chinese Snuff Bottles

14 September - 15 November 2009

The ‘Arts of the Book’ gallery has been reorganised to feature an exhibition of Chinese snuff bottles from the Library’s collection. Dating mainly from the Manchu Qing dynasty (1644-1911), snuff bottles were among Chester Beatty’s earliest acquisitions. The exhibition includes some 600 bottles of jade, porcelain, crystal, lacquer, glass and many other materials, and 275 of these will also be published in a new catalogue. The exhibition is mounted and the catalogue is released to coincide with the annual convention of the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society. Due to limited space, the convention (20-23 October) is open to ICSBS members only, but the exhibition is free to visitors.