Chinese Peking Glass Figural "Cabbage" Snuff Bottle c. 1890-1910. With silk lined presentation box. Snuff 3.25". Box 4.25"x3"x2". Weight 5 oz. PROVENANCE: A Charleston SC Private Estate. Peking Glass snuff bottles originated in the Imperial Forbidden City during the reign of Emperor Kangxi (1662-1722), Qing Dynasty, when the western habit of consuming (snuffing) powder-formed tobacco was gaining popularity in high society in China. The Imperial Workshop would produce tiny bottles, called snuff bottles, for containing and carrying tobacco for use by the royal family, or as gifts to civil and military ministers of the royal court, and foreign diplomats. Over time this form of art slipped out of the Forbidden City and rooted and grew in the society of the common people. Due to the origin and the decorative nature of snuff bottles, they are now highly collectable.