10 septembre 2010

'Puddingstone', fossiliferous limestone, mammoth tooth, amygdaloidal basalt & hair chrystal snuff bottles

A 'Puddingstone' snuff bottle, 1750-1820. photo courtesy Sotheby's very well hollowed, of rounded form supported on a neatly carved oval footrim, below a cylindrical neck, the shoulders with well carved lions-head suspending mock ring-handles, the stone with irregular splashes of ochre and brown within a gray matrix; height 1 7/8 in., 1.9 cm - Estimate 12,000 - 18,000 USD PROVENANCE: The Kaynes-Klitz Collection. Sotheby's Hong Kong, 16th November 1989, lot 83. LITTERATURE: Patrick K. M. Kwok, 'The Joe Grimberg... [Lire la suite]