24 juin 2010

Two Mughal style white jade snuff bottles

A Mughal style white jade snuff bottle. 1800-1880. photo Bonhams Of flattened ovoid form, wide mouth, and very thin lip that is complimented by a tall foot rim, thinly carved to reveal a deeply recessed base. Each side of the body carved with a near identical scene of the buddha seated upon a lotus and surrounded by foliage, with a tourmaline stopper and turquoise and vinyl collar. 2 1/2in (5.9cm). Sold for $21,960 Provenance: Sotheby's NY, purchased June, 1987Ex-collection Janos SzekeresExhibited: Chinese Culture Center... [Lire la suite]
23 juin 2010

Chinese glass snuff bottles @ Bonhams, Fine Asian Works of Art, 22 Jun 2010

A large engraved yellow glass snuff bottle. Qianlong Mark and Period. photo Bonhams Of compressed ovoid shape with a flat mouth rim, waisted neck, stylized ring handles on the sides, the main body engraved with a landscape scene on one side and an inscription in running script beginning with the proverb 'Any mountain can be famous with the presence of an immortal, any river can be holy with the presence of a dragon' and ending with a date of 1774 and a signature Jingyi Jushi inscribed in Yanjing (Beijing), the recessed... [Lire la suite]
31 mai 2010

A Baroque pearl, crystal, glass and gold snuff bottle; Imperial, attributed to Guangzhou, 1760–1799

A Baroque pearl, crystal, glass and gold snuff bottle. snuff bottle, attributed to Guangzhou, 1760–1799. photo Bonhams 3.92cm high. Sold for HK$840,000 Footnote: Treasury 7, 1659 異形珍珠、水晶、玻璃、 金鼻煙壺御製品,推定為廣州作,1760~1799The Emperor's Southern PearlBaroque pearl, crystal, transparent red and green glass, and gold; well hollowed with flat lips and no functional foot; the baroque pearl body asymmetrically encased around the upper area with gold, giving way to a formal, waisted neck, the mantle encrusted with... [Lire la suite]
29 mai 2010

Miniature Chinese Art Makes World Record Prices at Bonhams

A Baroque pearl, crystal, glass and gold Imperial snuff bottle, attributed to Guangzhou, 1760-1799, is presented at a Bonhams in Hong Kong, China. EPA/ALEX HOFFORD, LONDON.- Bonhams Hong Kong today celebrated the first-ever “Golden Gavel Auction” in its history, when part of the world’s finest collection of important Chinese snuff bottles, the Mary and George Bloch Collection, sold 100% and achieved world record prices. Against presale estimates of HK$20,000,000 (£1.8m), the sale total was HK$66,146,800 (£5.8m), with every one... [Lire la suite]
24 mai 2010

"Message in a Bottle": Auction of World's Greatest Collection of Snuff Bottles

On 28 May, Bonhams Hong Kong will offer 141 Chinese snuff bottles from the celebrated Mary and George Bloch Collection. The total sale is expected to achieve in excess of HK$40 million. The habit of using ground tobacco (snuff) was introduced to Asia by 17th century Western travellers from Europe, where it was an exotic import from the Americas. Chinese snuff takers found that traditional Western snuffboxes did not work well in the humid climates of Asia, and from the later 17th century Chinese craftsmen created small airtight... [Lire la suite]
03 avril 2010

Two banded agate snuff bottles & a small dendritic agate snuff bottle @ Bonhams

A banded agate snuff bottle 瑪瑙玉帶紋鼻煙壺 Of elegant tapered cylindrical form with recessed footrim inscribed yi jin zhai 詒晉齋 "appreciation of imperial favor studio", the stone exhibiting graduated bands of white and beige rings, very well hollowed out, coral glass stopper with green glass finial. 2in (5.3cm) high - Sold for $3,050 Provenance 來源: Wing Hing, purchased October, 2003 A small dendritic agate snuff bottle 瑪瑙皮影鳳尾草鼻煙壺 19th Century 十九世紀 photo courtesy Bonhams Of flattened pear shape with flat base and... [Lire la suite]
03 avril 2010

Three white jade snuff bottles @ Bonhams

A white jade snuff bottle 白玉茄形鼻煙壺 19th Century 十九世紀. photo courtesy Bonhams Fashioned in the form of a slender eggplant with overlapping leaves of dark green to the top, en suite dark green jade stopper in the shape of a crooked stem. 3in (7.6cm) high. Sold for $13,420 inclusive of Buyer's Premium Provenance 來源: Chris RandallExhibited 展出: Gallery of New South Wales,Sydney, Australia, 1991Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco, July, 2000Illustrated 出版圖片: Hidden Treasures of the Dragon (1991), cat. no. 150The Chinese eggplant... [Lire la suite]
03 avril 2010

Two carved coral snuff bottles, 18th century & Republic Period @ Bonhams

A carved coral snuff bottle 珊瑚瓜形子孫萬代鼻煙壺 Republic Period 民國 photo courtesy Bonhams Of gourd form with small recessed shaped foot, carved in relief with leafy vines and a beetle, the tourmaline stopper carved as a branch. 2in (5.3cm) high. Sold for $7,320 inclusive of Buyer's Premium Provenance 來源: Wing Hing, purchased October, 1991Exhibited 展出: Frye Museum, Seattle, Washington, October, 1998Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco, July, 2000The bottle gourd (hulu 葫蘆) is a popular motif in Chinese art. As it contains hundreds of... [Lire la suite]
11 mars 2010

Snuff Bottle. Ivory, with carved Daoists, elephant and foo dog, 1736–1795

Snuff Bottle. Ivory, with carved Daoists, elephant and foo dog, 1736–1795. The Thomson Collection © Art Gallery of Ontario
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26 février 2010

World's Greatest Collection of Snuff Bottles Shows Emperor's Personal Taste @ Bonhams

A double overlay sapphire-blue and white glass 'dragon' snuff bottle. Attributed to the Imperial glassworks, Beijing, 1760-1790. 6.82 cm high. HK$220,000-350,000. Photo: Courtesy Bonhams LONDON.- Bonhams will sell 140 snuff bottles from the unique Bloch Collection in Hong Kong on May 28th. This Collection is the World’s largest and finest in private hands, comprising 1720 exceptional examples of these Chinese ‘miniature masterworks’. The auction includes an Imperial enamel-on-copper snuff bottle personally commissioned by the... [Lire la suite]