14 mars 2012

Chinese snuff bottle auction @ Bonhams highlights New York Asia Week

A white jade snuff bottle with "wrapped qin" design, Qianlong mark, bottle 1720-1800. 2 1/8in (5.3cm) high. Pre-sale est. $10,000-15,000. Photo: Bonhams. NEW YORK, NY.-Bonhams will be participating in Asia Week 2012, which brings together a variety of art outlets to celebrate Asian art from China, India, Japan, Korea, the Himalayas and Southeast Asia. Bonhams will highlight this week with three previews and auctions located at its New York headquarters at 580 Madison. On March 20th at 10am Bonhams will host a sale of Fine... [Lire la suite]
02 octobre 2010

A Mughal white jade snuff bottle, 1750-1800. Possibly Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing

A Mughal white jade snuff bottle, 1750-1800. Possibly Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing. photo courtesy Sotheby's superbly hollowed, of flattened rectangular form with shoulders sloping to a cylindrical neck, resting on a well carved oval footrim, the body carved in low relief with stylized lotus, each shoulder carved in high relief with prominent elephant-head handles suspending loose rings, the neck carved with upright lappets, the concave base with an elongated chrysanthemum, the stone of... [Lire la suite]

27 septembre 2010

A carved beryl snuff bottle, 1760-1840. Possibly Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, BeijingA carved beryl snuff bottl

A carved beryl snuff bottle, 1760-1840. Possibly Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing. photo courtesy Sotheby's of rounded rectangular form with sloping shoulders and a short cylindrical neck, the well hollowed stone of bright translucent yellow-green color, carved in low relief making use of the natural flaws in the stone on one face with bamboo and on the other with blossoming prunus branches; height 2 5/8 in., 6.7 cm. Estimate 18,000—25,000 USD. Lot Sold  23,750 USD PROVENANCE: Gerry P.... [Lire la suite]
24 septembre 2010

A carved aquamarine snuff bottle, 1750-1795. Possibly Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing

A carved aquamarine snuff bottle, 1750-1795. Possibly Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing. photo courtesy Sotheby's . of slender tapering rectangular form, with shoulders sloping to a waisted neck, and supported on a concave oval foot, finely carved in low relief with archaistic motifs of confronting qilong, a taotie mask at the center of each face, the striated crystal of an even sky-blue color; height 2 3/4 in., 6.9 cm. Estimate 25,000—35,000 USD. Lot Sold 59,375 USD PROVENANCE: Phillips... [Lire la suite]
19 septembre 2010

An amber snuff bottle, 1730-1795. Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing

An amber snuff bottle, 1730-1795. Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing. photo courtesy Sotheby's of bulbous rounded form, of transparent dark honey-brown color, superbly hollowed and finely carved with two qilong flying amongst dense cloud scrolls, the tail of one dragon curled around to form the footrim; height 2 in., 5.1 cm. Estimate 25,000—35,000 USD. Lot Sold 62,500 USD PROVENANCE: Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd. LITERATURE AND REFERENCES: Vanessa F. Holden, 'The Joe Grimberg Collection of... [Lire la suite]
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]
03 juin 2009

A magnificent splashed glass snuff bottle. Beijing Palace Workshops, Qianlong

A magnificent splashed glass snuff bottle. Beijing Palace Workshops, Qianlong Of slightly flattened pear-shaped form rising to a cylindrical neck and resting on a short straight foot, the clear glass decorated with a profusion of brilliant splashes in varying tones of pink, blue and white, stopper. 6.3cm (2½in) high. (2). Estimate: HK$60,000 - 80,000, $7,700 - 10,000. Unsold Provenance: Jin Hing and Company, Los Angeles, 1984Neal W. and Frances R. Hunter CollectionSotheby's New York, 15 September 1998, lot 66,... [Lire la suite]
28 mai 2009

A rare white jade 'peach' snuff bottle. Beijing Palace Workshops, Qianlong

A rare white jade 'peach' snuff bottle. Beijing Palace Workshops, Qianlong Of compressed globular form, the fine white jade stone skilfully worked and hollowed in the shape of a peach with meandering leaf branch, rising to a cylindrical neck and tapering to an oval base, stopper. 5.2cm (2in) high. (2). Sold for HK$156,000 Provenance: A private European collectionSotheby's Hong Kong, 5 November 1997, lot 2174Note: A similar white jade 'peach' snuff bottle in the Mary and George Bloch collection is illustrated by Moss,... [Lire la suite]
27 mai 2009

A very finely carved glass ‘dragon’ snuff bottle. Beijing Palace Workshops, 18th century

A very finely carved glass ‘dragon’ snuff bottle. Beijing Palace Workshops, 18th century Of flattened circular form, boldly carved with very fine naturalistic detail all over the body, the front side with a chilong dragon depicted propped up on its haunches amidst mystical cloud scroll, its long sinuous tail coiling down the body to form a short oval foot, the reverse with an additional chilong depicted in profile, the glass of a brilliant, clear aquamarine colour, box. 6cm (2¼in) high. (2). Sold for HK$312,000 ... [Lire la suite]


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