The sale of Snuff Bottles from the Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part IX nearly doubles estimate to achieve HK$29.5 million / US$3.8 million (Estimate: HK$16.6 – 21.2 million / US$2.1 – 2.7 million) with the 197 lots offered 100% sold. The top lot was a Qianlong famille-rose porcelain ‘Landscape and Imperial Poem’ snuff bottle attributed to Tang Ying, which sold for HK$6.28 million / US$810,000 (Estimate: HK$4 – 5 million / US$520,000 – 645,000).
The ninth installment of Snuff Bottles from the Mary and George Bloch Collection consists of 196 lots of snuff bottles in different media, reflecting the rich diversity and artistry of Qing dynasty craftsmanship. The highlight of the auction is an outstanding Qianlong mark and period famille-rose porcelain snuff bottle produced under the supervision of Tang Ying at the Imperial kilns of Jingdezhen, enamelled on one side with a wondrous landscape scene, the reverse with a poem by the Qianlong Emperor. The auction also includes an exceptional group of inside-painted bottles by Ding Erzhong, the greatest of late Qing dynasty snuff bottle artists.
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Please note that Mr Hugh Moss acts as adviser to the Bloch family, including advising them on estimates and reserves of the Property in this sale. In addition, Mr. Moss may be bidding on any or all of the lots in this sale for himself or on behalf of third parties, and has therefore financial interest in the property. A world renowned collector of snuff bottles of this type, Mr Moss together with the late Victor Graham and Ka Bo Tsang, published the seven volume outstanding catalogue raisonné of the Property and assisted Sotheby’s in the cataloguing of the Property for this sale.
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