The Blair Bequest: Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Princeton University Art Museum

Author: Hughes, Michael C.

9 x 11", 269 pp., 272 color and 30 b/w illustrations, cloth, d.j., Baltimore, 2002.

This lavishly illustrated book catalogues for the first time more than 300 snuff bottles that make up one of the most impressive collections of snuff bottles in the United States. Imperial enamels, superb porcelains and glass, stunning agates and jades, as well as rare organic bottles abound.

The collection was left for the Princeton University in 1936 by the elusive Colonel James A. Blair Jr. His fascinating biography from early beginnings in Tiffin, Ohio, to banker and club man in New York, from the comprehensive introduction, includes an insightful examination of the formation of the collection in the early part of the twentieth century.