Important Chinese snuff bottles set for Bonhams New York sale



2015-06-26 11:04:18

Important Chinese snuff bottles set for Bonhams New York sale

Bonhams are gearing up for New York’s Asian Art Week in March with preparations for their sale of fine Chinese Snuff Bottles.

The auction will offer over 150 rare and important bottles, consigned from three of the world’s most significant private collections; those of Dr. Edward A. Kopinitz, Mrs. Fay Plohn and Dr. Martin Roshco.

Bonhams are looking to build on the success of their past two single-owner snuff bottle collections, sold during the annual event in 2010 and 2011. The auction will feature a wide range of bottles including jade, agate and highly rare porcelain examples, along with those produced at the Chinese Imperial Palace workshops.

Notable highlights of the catalogue include:

  • An 18th century carved rock crystal double gourd snuff bottle, featuring floral motifs and attributed to Imperial artisans, with an estimated value of $25,000 - $35,000
  • An extremely rare Dehua ware figural form snuff bottle depicting a young scholar holding a tablet, one of just two catalogued examples, valued at $12,000 - $18,000
  • A late 18th – early 19th century agate bottle carved with scenes from the epic 14th century novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, offered with a pre-sale estimate of $12,000 - $18,000

The sale will also feature a selection of delicately enamelled snuff bottles, inside-painted bottles and examples which have passed through some of history’s most famous collections. Many of the bottles on offer have a superb provenance, having belonged to important collectors such as Frederick Von Shleinitz, Eric Young, Vad Jelton, Bob Stevens and the Mei Ling collection.

The bottles will be exhibited at Bonham’s New York saleroom from March 15 – 19, with the sale set to take place on March 20.

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