Four sales of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art on 26-27 May at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery followed spectacular Spring Sale results in April to achieve HK$121.3 million / US$15.6 million.
The highlight of the sales series was Playthings from the Collection of Edward T. Chow, a single-owner collection of exquisite scholar’s objects an imperial works of art which achieved a grand total of HK$39 million / US$5 million including outstanding results for white jade and jadeite. We were also pleased with the success of Chinese Art through the eye of Sakamoto Goro - Asian Lacquer, which attracted particularly strong interest in Korean mother-of-pearl inlaid lacquer. Snuff Bottles From The Mary And George Bloch Collection: Part VIII drew bids from a buoyant crowd of collectors from all over the world; every lot was sold.
The eighth installment of Snuff Bottles from the Mary and George Bloch Collection consists of 184 lots of snuff bottles in different media, reflecting the rich diversity and artistry of Qing dynasty craftsmanship. The highlight of the auction is two outstanding Imperial enamelled snuff bottles produced at the Palace Workshops in the Forbidden City, comparable to the finest quality examples from the Qing Court Collection still preserved in Beijing and Taipei.
Sotheby's Hong Kong Gallery, 5/F One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong
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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