Bloch Collection Chinese snuff bottles bring HK$42 million



2015-06-26 11:20:28

Bloch Collection Chinese snuff bottles bring HK$42 million

Bonhams are once again celebrating a 100% success rate after the fifth sale of snuff bottles from the renowned collection of Mary & George Bloch.

As with each of the four previous auctions, the auction in Hong Kong attracted attention from collectors from around the world and saw the sale of every one of the 168 lots.

The series of auctions of the Bloch Collection, which began in 2010, have so far seen new World Records achieved in 11 different categories,

The sale achieved a total result of HK$42,423,000 (US$5,463,400), beating the high estimate of HK$40,000,000 (US$5,151,360) and saw numerous lots exceed their estimates – in some cases by many multiples.

“Bonhams has been setting world record prices with the sale of the Mary and George Bloch Collection, since the first sale took place in May 2010, in Hong Kong,” said Julian King, Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. “As the leading auction house in the world for Chinese snuff bottles, we are very pleased with the results of Part V of the collection.”

Topping the sale were several Famille-rose enamelled copper and gold snuff bottles produced by the fabled Imperial workshops at the Beijing palace. A 5cm-high Qianlong ‘European ladies with children’ bottle sold for HK$4,820,000 (US$620,739), whilst a 4.9cm Qianlong ‘figures in mansion’ bottled achieved HK$3,620,000 (US$466,198) and a Kangxi ‘5.02cm ‘European subject’ bottle brought HK$3,020,000 (US$ 388,928).

Other notable sales included a 6.21cm jadeite snuff bottle circa 1780 – 1880 which sold for HKI$1,500,000 (US$ 193,176), and an inscribed hornbill ‘Ma Gu’ bottle which more than trebled its high estimate of HK$400,000 (US$ 51,513) to reach HK$1,340,000 (US$ 172,571).

“As a growing number of collectors vie for the best snuff bottles, their value has remained steady,” commented King. “Over the last decade prices have increased over fourfold making this collectable a highly portable alternative investment.”


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