2017年8月18日

The Immeasurable Artistic Value of Snuff Bottles

In addition to tin, iron, gold, silver, copper is also used to make snuff bottles, in the auction, gold and silver products are rare, bronze painted snuff bottles and filigree enamel snuff bottles’ price is higher.

Some scholars identified the copper snuff bottles carved Cheng Rong Zhang in the period of Shunzhi of the Qing Dynasty appeared a number of pieces in auction, such as the 2008 Christie’s New York spring auction Marie snuff bottle collection designed to shoot, engraved with “Qing nine years Cheng Rongzhang” made a brass carved snuff bottle clound dragon plays pearl diagram bid 2750 dollars, this marked the production time for 1840 to 1910, clearly denied its possibility of Shunzhi works.

Colorful painted snuff bottles in copper tire, besides painting enamel products, the auction can also see limited pastel and other colorful painted products. In 2010 Hongkong Bonhams spring auction, Qing Emperor Qianlong famille flower basket fetal copper snuff bottle shot to HK $2 .64million, is the most expensive copper tire painted snuff bottles.

The snuff bottle is small, generally below 10 cm in height, so although the cloisonne production process in three Qing Dynasties in the highest level, but because it is too small, wiry made difficulty, handed down the snuff bottle is not much. Mrs. Li Gongwei collection of two pieces of  snuff bottles shoot high: Made in eighteenth Century a filigree enamel Ephraim grain snuff bottle in 2004 Christie’s Hongkong spring auction, sold for HK $239 thousand; inscribed “Qianlong” section of cloisonne enamel lotus pattern pocket three foot furnace shaped snuff bottle, shot $78 thousand in 2007 Christie’s New York spring auction.

The snuff bottle made of pure gold in the Qing Dynasty is a small amount, can be passed down in the folk, very rare.

The number of silver snuff bottles is slightly more than pure gold products. The auction for the turnover of goods over the years is the famous collection, such as Li Fuwei and his wife collected Silver Carved “Nine Dragons Play the Sea” of 18th to 19th Century snuff bottle, In 2006 New York Christie’s Spring Auction turnover to $28.8 thousand.

The amount of surviving mosaic snuff bottle is less, goods circulation occasionally appears copper and silver mosaic snuff bottles, the Marie collection of Qing Emperor Qianlong sandalwood inlaid with turquoise and silver glutton auspicious snuff bottle is representative work, bid $85 thousand in the 2008 Christie’s New York spring auction.

Relevant experts believe that from the development situation, snuff bottles have immeasurable appreciation space. But there are also experts recognize the snuff bottle price more or less false, only some of the boutique have appreciation space, so the investment of snuff bottles, we should start with quality.

The creating of auction record is the Qing Emperor Qianlong enamel Western figure snuff bottle, painted translucent enamel color in the extreme scarcity of fetal translucent glassware, light and the surrounding with opaque enamel, the effect is particularly prominent. In the Imperial Palace in Beijing, you can see a similar shape but different picture glassware snuff bottle, and has been collected by famous collections Biyan Hu, Dai Fubao, LiuWenChoo, Hugh Moss.

When a boutique snuff bottle shots high, which has a good effect driven for similar varieties. In 2004 the first part of a small cave –J&J snuff bottles auction, in the period of late Qing Dynasty, a crystal painting ShouCheng portrait snuff bottles(Ma Shaoxuan made) shot HK$1.74375 million to create a world record for a single painted snuff bottles. In the second part of the auction, another crystal figure inside painted snuff bottle made by Ma Shaoxuan, the price is also more than ¥1.29 million.

The snuff bottle auction list (top 10)

Rank, Name, Price (million), Auction Time, Auction House

  1. Qing Emperor Qianlong enamel Western figure snuff bottle, 550 million, 2005.3.30, Christie’s New York snuff bottle.
  2. Qianlong copper snuff bottle made by Beijing workshop (Ladies), 393 million, 2005.4.1, Sotheby’s New York.
  3. Qing emperor Kangxi enamelled copper lotus figure snuff bottle, 270 million, 2005.3.30, Christie’s New York.
  4. Qing Emperor Qianlong enamel white peony kingfisher snuff bottle, 244 million, 2004.4.25, Christie’s Hongkong.
  5. Qing Emperor Qianlong Gu Yue Xuan snuff bottle, 242 million, 2000.5.6, Tianjin cultural relics company.

6 Qing Emperor Qianlong enamelled copper western landscape painting picture snuff bottle, 241 million, 2002.4.29, Christie’s Hongkong.

  1. Qing Emperor Qianlong enamel color plum pattern snuff gourd shaped snuff bottle, 236 million, 2005.3.30, Christie’s New York.
  2. Qing Emperor Qianlong enamelled copper figure snuff bottle, 217 million, 2005.3.30, Christie’s New York.
  3. Qing Dynasty Ivory figure landscape snuff bottle, 198 million, 2005.3.30, Christie’s New York.
  4. Qing Emperor Qianlong copper painted five blessings figure snuff bottle, 189 million, 2004.4.25, Christie’s Hongkong.

Snuff Bottle Market

In fact, this small, chic snuff bottle is convenient to carry, so the collection price is relatively moderate, and combined with painting and calligraphy etc. has the rich collection value. In recent years, the major auction companies have been involved in the snuff bottle collection auction, tens of millions of dollars in price is not uncommon.

Reporters learn from Christie informed the official website. A white jade both blessing and longevity snuff bottle during the period 1750~1830 sold for $62.5 thousand in price. A 18th Century Qing imperial asparagus fern Kui dragon pattern six-point snuff bottle is sold for ¥240 thousand.

The snuff bottle is also popular in Chongqing collection players’ favor, the market price is rising year by year. Currently on the market, the pastel, blue and white snuff bottles are popular.” Chongqing Three Gorges Curio City, an unnamed shopkeeper, snuff bottles have diverse materials, common ceramics, jade, and other glassware. Decorative patterns can be divided into: colorful painting, inside painting, sculpture, nesting and other artworks. The ordinary material snuff bottle’s price is from a few hundred to several thousand dollars, and some of the finest white jade, enamel snuff bottles’ price up to million is very normal.

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