30 January 2015

More Lady's Watches

A lady's seed pearl and diamond pendant watch by Linzeler Frères, circa 1890.

And onyx and diamond lapel-watch, "Egyptian," by Cartier, London, circa 1929.

A platinum and diamond wristwatch by Cartier.

A platinum and diamond wristwatch by Harry Winston.

A platinum and diamond wristwatch by Harry Winston.

A platinum and diamond wristwatch by Patek Philippe, circa 1930.

A platinum, 18 karat gold, pearl and diamond wristwatch by Cartier, circa 1920.

A platinum, diamond and emerald wristwatch, circa 1925.

A platinum, diamond and enamel wristwatch by Boucheron, circa 1925.

A platinum, yellow diamond, diamond and sapphire watch by Girard-Perragaux, circa 1930.

29 January 2015

Lady's Watches

You will probably never see me post a man's watch on this blog. I'm not the biggest fan of watches, and as such, I am extremely picky as to which ones I post on here. They have to be dripping in diamonds and prettiness for me to consider them worth sharing, and I just can't see a man watch fitting that description. Anyways, enjoy the below watch pics!

An 18 karat gold and diamond wristwatch by Vacheron Constantin for Cartier, Paris, circa 1960.

An emerald and diamond cocktail watch by Concord.

A lady's colored diamond wristwatch by Graff.

A lady's coral and diamond wristwatch by Boucheron, 1970's.

A lady's diamond wristwatch by Graff.

A lady's diamond wristwatch by Jaeger-LeCoultre, 1960's.

A lady's diamond wristwatch by Omega, 1950's.

A lady's diamond wristwatch by Patek Philippe, 1920's.

A lady's gold and diamond cocktail watch by Suzanne Belperron, 1943.

A lady's seed pear, ruby and diamond cocktail watch by Cartier.

28 January 2015

Fancy Snuff Bottles

 These are a collection of snuff bottles in the permanent collection of the Seattle Art Museum here in the US. The following are pictures I took of my favorites, and I think they turned out pretty well. I don't have info for each snuff bottle unfortunately, but I have included some basic info about snuff bottles from Wikipedia.com. Enjoy the following pics of these lovely objéts d'art:

 Snuff bottles were used by the Chinese during the Qing Dynasty to contain powdered tobacco. Smoking tobacco was illegal during the Dynasty, but the use of snuff was allowed because the Chinese considered snuff to be a remedy for common illnesses such as colds, headaches and stomach disorders. Therefore, snuff was carried in a small bottle like other medicines. The snuff bottle is comparable to the snuff box used by Europeans.

  Tobacco was introduced by the Portuguese to the court at Beijing some time during the mid- to late-16th century. It was originally smoked in pipes before the establishment of the Qing Dynasty. The use of snuff and snuff bottles spread through the upper class, and by the end of the 17th century it had become a part of social ritual to use snuff.

This lasted through most of the 18th century. Eventually, the trend spread into the rest of the country and into every social class. It was common to offer a pinch of snuff as a way to greet friends and relatives. Snuff bottles soon became an object of beauty and a way to represent status. The highest status went to whoever had the rarest and finest snuff bottle. The peak of snuff bottle manufacture was during the 18th century.

The use of snuff increased and decreased with the rise and fall of the Qing Dynasty and died away soon after the establishment of the Republic of China. However, replica snuff bottles are still being made, and can be purchased in souvenir shops, flea markets and museum gift shops. Original snuff bottles from the Qing period are a desirable target for serious collectors and museums. A good bottle has an extra quality over and above its exquisite beauty and value: that is touch. Snuff bottles were made to be held and so, as a rule, they have a pleasant tactile quality.

The size of a snuff bottle is small enough to fit inside the palm. Snuff bottles were made out of many different materials including porcelain, jade, ivory, wood, tortoiseshell, metal and ceramic, though probably the most commonly used material was glass. The stopper usually had a very small spoon attached for extracting the snuff. Though rare, such bottles were also used by women in Europe in Victorian times, with the bottles typically made of cut glass.

Chinese snuff bottles were typically decorated with paintings or carvings, which distinguished bottles of different quality and value. Decorative bottles were, and remain, time-consuming in their production and are thus desirable for today's collectors.