18 juin 2011

An amethyst snuff bottle

An amethyst snuff bottle. Photo Bonhams Of compressed globular form, well hollowed with flat lip and small recessed oval foot, carved with a chilong confronting a bat in flight reversed by five bats amidst clouds, the purple suffused stone displaying natural inclusions.; 2 1/8in (5.5cm)high. Estimate: US$1,000 - 1,500   Property from the Norman Stiller Collection, San Francisco, California   Bonhams. Fine Asian Art, 21 Jun 2011, San Francisco www.bonhams.com
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18 juin 2011

A carved coral snuff bottle.

A carved coral snuff bottle. Photo Bonhams The baluster body with a flat lip and recessed oval footrim, carved on one side with a deer and bat reversed by Shoulao holding a staff suspending a double gourd, mock lion mask and ring handles to each side, the stone an even deep color with occasional white flecks; 2 1/4in (5.8 cm) high. Etimate: US$2,000 - 3,000   Property from the Norman Stiller Collection, San Francisco, California Bonhams. Fine Asian Art, 21 Jun 2011, San Francisco www.bonhams.com
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18 juin 2011

A nephrite snuff bottle, 1780-1900

A nephrite snuff bottle, 1780-1900. Photo Bonhams The natural pebble well hollowed and of triangular shape, the tapered sides heightened by the russet brown skin setting off the honey-colored stone; 1 7/8in (4.8 cm) high. Estimate: US$1,500 - 2,000 Property from the Norman Stiller Collection, San Francisco, California Bonhams. Fine Asian Art, 21 Jun 2011, San Francisco www.bonhams.com
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18 juin 2011

An inscribed agate snuff bottle. 18th Century Style

An inscribed agate snuff bottle. 18th Century Style. Photo Bonhams Well hollowed and carved in the shape of a ripe squash covered with leafy foliage and a grasshopper surrounding a short ode inscribed in clerical script comparing the olfactory and visual senses in aiding contemplation, signed Runzhi renxiong zi ti zhenwan (self-signed by your elder brother in spirit Runzhi, to be treasured and enjoyed) the design incorporating the brown inclusions of the stone. 1 3/4in (4.3 cm) high - Estimate: US$2,000 - 3,000 Property from the... [Lire la suite]
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07 juin 2011

An aquamarine 'cicada and gourd' snuff bottle, ('The Imperial Cicada and Gourd Aquamarine'). Probably imperial, 1760–1840

An aquamarine 'cicada and gourd' snuff bottle, ('The Imperial Cicada and Gourd Aquamarine'). Probably imperial, 1760–1840. Photo Bonhams Treasury 3, no. 409. Aquamarine; reasonably well hollowed, carved in the form of a gourd growing from a vine, with leaves and tendrils, the bottom of the gourd serving as a natural foot; carved in relief with a butterfly and a cicada. Height: 5.6 cm - Mouth: 0.47 cm. Stopper: tourmaline, carved to suggest a double-gourd shape. Sold for HK$108,000 Condition: Original material: suffused... [Lire la suite]
31 mai 2011

An inscribed ruby-red glass snuff bottle ('Extended Refinement'), Treasury 5, no. 751. Wanya xuan mark, 1700–1770

An inscribed ruby-red glass snuff bottle ('Extended Refinement'), Treasury 5, no. 751. Wanya xuan mark, 1700–1770. Photo Bonhams Transparent ruby-red glass with a few air bubbles of different sizes, some of oval form, and gold pigment; with a concave lip and flat, bulging rectangular foot; engraved low on one side in seal script, Wanya xuan ('Studio for Appreciating the Elegant'), the mark filled with gold pigment. Height: 8 cm. Mouth/lip: 0.56/1.10 cm. Stopper: turquoise; nephrite collar. Sold for HK $66,000 Condition:... [Lire la suite]
31 mai 2011

A yellow glass 'kui dragons' snuff bottle ('Imperial Show Stopper'). Treasury 5, no. 828. Imperial glassworks, Beijing 1736–1770

A yellow glass 'kui dragons' snuff bottle ('Imperial Show Stopper'). Treasury 5, no. 828. Imperial glassworks, Beijing, 1736–1770. Photo Bonhams bubbles; with a flat lip and recessed, slightly convex foot surrounded by a protruding, rounded footrim; carved with a continuous formalized archaistic design of a band of confronting kui dragons framed top and bottom by lotus petals and set on an engraved, floral diaper ground, with further lotus-petal borders at the upper neck and around the base, the narrow sides with antelope... [Lire la suite]
31 mai 2011

A sapphire-blue glass 'peaches' snuff bottle ('Imperial Peach'). Treasury 5, no. 839. Imperial glassworks, Beijing, 1730–1790

A sapphire-blue glass 'peaches' snuff bottle ('Imperial Peach'). Treasury 5, no. 839. Imperial glassworks, Beijing, 1730–1790. Photo Bonhams Transparent sapphire-blue glass with a few scattered small air bubbles, with a flat lip and flat foot; carved with a continuous design of a severed, leafy branch with two peaches growing from it. Height: 5.1 cm. Mouth/lip: 0.56/1.5 cm. Stopper: tourmaline; gilt-silver collar. Condition: insignificant miniscule nibbles to inner lip; lip probably repolished at some time, and, given the... [Lire la suite]
21 mai 2011

Bonhams Hong Kong 2011 Spring Auctions: 'Message in a Bottle'- Auction of World's Greatest Collection of Snuff Bottles

 HONG KONG.- Following on from the extraordinary results of Part I and Part II, in which every snuff bottle from the celebrated Mary and George Bloch Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles has sold, with world records broken in eleven different categories, Part III is eagerly awaited. Several great collections of snuff bottles were formed in the early 20th century in Asia, Europe and the USA. However, no collection formed in the modern era can rival that formed by the late George Bloch (1920-2009). It consists of 1720 bottles,... [Lire la suite]
07 décembre 2010

An inscribed limonite 'Guanyin' snuff bottle. Jiang Pu, dated 1760, probably a gift to the Qianlong emperor

An inscribed limonite 'Guanyin' snuff bottle. Jiang Pu, dated 1760, probably a gift to the Qianlong emperor, 6.53cm high. Sold for HK$540,000. photo Bonhams Treasury 3, no. 390. Jiang Pu's Gift to the Emperor Limonite; reasonably well hollowed; with an irregular flat foot; cut with seven facets to form one main side, the foot and a small panel on the other main side, and incised with a portrait of the Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin, seated on a lotus flower floating on water, the design continuing onto the... [Lire la suite]
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