S nuff Bottles from the Tuyet Nguyet and Stephen Markbreiter Collection - Part I (28 May – 4 June 2021) presents a fine collection of snuff bottles, assembled 1970s onwards by the two founders of Arts of Asia. Tuyet was an early member of The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society and was elected as an honorary member. At the first convention she attended in 1973, she was impressed with the group’s desire to educate people regarding the history of snuff bottles. From then on, she had been a stalwart supporter of the society and welcomed fellow collectors on their travels when passing through Hong Kong. The sale includes a kaleidoscopic range of snuff bottles of differing materials, and is particularly rich in overlay glass, which she was passionate about. Many of the bottles were included in the exhibition 'Heavenly Creations' at the University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong in 2005.
「壺趣閑心：雪月藏中國鼻煙壺（一）」（2021年5月28日至6月4日）由 Tuyet Nguyet（雪月）及 Stephen Markbreiter 伉儷自1970年代起，花多年心血集成。雪月是國際中國鼻煙壺學會的早期成員，並獲選為榮譽會員。1973年， 雪月第一次出席該會的活動，其時對學會推廣鼻煙壺歷史及工藝的投入非常欣賞。自此一直支持該會，並常熱情款待途經香港的鼻煙壺收藏家。 這次拍賣珍品琳瑯，涵蓋各種材質，其中多件均曾展於香港大學美術博物館展覽《天地造化》。雪月本人鍾愛套料鼻煙壺也是這次拍賣的亮點，式樣繁多，精巧怡人。
This collection is notable for the sheer quality of glass bottles. Glass is the most popular type of material owing to its versatility; it has wide range of colour and can imitate the properties of jade, crystal, stone, and amber. Glass snuff bottles feature overlay glass technique, in which layered glass of different colours are carved in low relief.
Inside Painted 玻璃內畫
These snuff bottles are typically made of crystal or glass, and the interior surface of the bottle served as the canvas for the minuscule painting. Painting from the inside of the snuff bottle would require the highest level of skill, as the artists would apply the decoration using a narrow brush of one or two bristles. These works are a technical wonder.
— Jades and Hardstones — 翡翠玉石
For hundreds of years, jade and jadeite have been symbols of supreme status and extreme wealth. Their enigmatic glow has inspired mythologies and a cultural reverence that stretches back centuries. No collection would be complete without a representative selection of jade snuff bottles. Along with fine examples of jadeite snuff bottle highlighted, the collection also boasts bottles in a variety of materials including agate, lapis lazuli, and chalcedony.
Enamelled Porcelain and Enamels 釉上彩
Enamelled snuff bottles show the broad range of Qing dynasty works of art in miniature. The application of the enamel on porcelain, glass or other materials require technical virtuosity and skilled workmanship. The imperial snuff bottles highlighted below offer a glimpse into the aesthetic preferences of different Qing emperors and the high level of skill and artistry during those periods.