The tenth and final sale of Snuff Bottles from the Mary and George Bloch Collection was 100% sold, bringing the consolidated total of the entire Collection of 1,740 bottles to HK$437 million / US$56 million and making it the highest-value collection of snuff bottles ever sold at auction. Three sales of Chinese Works of Art totalled HK$95.9 million / US$12.3 million, far surpassing pre-sale total estimate HK$57 million / US$7.3 million and brought the Company’s half-year auction total for Chinese Works of Art in Hong Kong to HK$866.8 million / US$111 million.
The tenth and final installment of Snuff Bottles from the Mary and George Bloch Collection consists of 214 lots of snuff bottles in different media, reflecting the rich diversity and artistry of Qing dynasty craftsmanship. The Mary and George Bloch Collection is legendary and counts among the finest Chinese snuff bottles ever made for the Imperial court and scholarly elite. It has been extensively published and exhibited at international institutions including the British Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
The highlight of the auction is an outstanding glass snuff bottle produced at the Palace Workshops in the Forbidden City. Enamelled on glass with an exquisitely rendered scene of young Chinese ladies in a landscape, it is the counterpart of two surviving examples from the Qing court collection, one in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, the other in the Palace Museum, Beijing. The sides of the bottle are intricately enamelled in ruby-pink with European buildings, the style of painting, perspective and realistic shading all clearly European influenced.
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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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