Chinese Snuff Bottles bring over $1 million at Bonhams sale



2015-06-26 11:22:57

Chinese Snuff Bottles bring over $1 million at Bonhams sale

21 Mar 2012, 09:27 GMT

Bonhams have announced the results of their auction of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles, held in New York as part of Asian Art Week.

The sale, which drew bids from both new buyers and seasoned collectors around the world, more than doubled its low pre-sale estimate to realise $1,022,900 with 98% of the bottles sold by value and more than 90% by lot.

In total, 170 lots were offered, with bottles drawn from three highly renowned collections; those of Dr. Edward A. Kopinitz, Dr. Martin Roshco and Mrs. Fay Plohn.

The sale was topped by a honey-hued amber snuff bottle carved with a delicate basket weave pattern, which easily surpassed its high estimate of $25,000 to sell for $64,900. This was followed by a double gourd form bottle produced by the legendary Imperial Beijing Palace workshops and bearing the characters "Da Ji" (Great Auspiciousness), which sold for $45,000.

Other top prices were achieved by a highly rare Qianlong slip decorated Yixing bottle which brought $32,500, a Dehua ware figural bottle which sold for $31,250 and a Qianlong mark bottle featuring a ‘wrapped qin’ design, circa 1720-1800, which sold for $31,250.

Elsewhere, bottles with relatively low pre-sale estimates achieved remarkable results. A white jade pomegranate-form snuff bottle valued at just $1,500 - $2,500 made more than 10 times its estimate with a price of $31,250, and a cabbage- shaped, carved amber bottle priced at $2,000-$3,000 raced on to sell for $23,750.

The results demonstrated the continuing strength of the Chinese Snuff Bottle market and Bonhams’ status as the world’s premier auction house in the field, with recent years seeing their sales of notable collections such as the Mary & George Bloch Collection and those of both Linda Riddell Hoffman and Margaret Polak.


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