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The Hildegard Schonfeld Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles

Christie's New York

2 P.M., March 21, 2013

Sale 2801

Rainbow

Lot 1025, a famille rose molded porcelain snuff bottle, Imperial Jingdezhen kilns, Jialong four character seal mark in iron read and of the period (1796-1820), 2 5/8 inches high



By Carter B. Horsley

The March 21, 2013 auction at Christie's New York of  the Hildegard Schonfeld Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles has many fine works.

Born in 1923, she came to the United States in 1936 on the Kinder Transport and in 1947 married Sidney Schonfeld and they settled in Tenafly, New Jersey.  Her interest in snuff bottles was aroused when she saw some in an antiques store in San Francisco in 1973.  She died in 2000 and Sidney died in 2010l.

One of the more ornate bottles in the auction is Lot 1025, a famille rose molded porcelain snuff bottle, Imperial Jingdezhen kilns, Jialong four character seal mark in iron read and of the period (1796-1820).  It is 2 5/8 inches high and is, according to the hard-cover catalogue, "crisply molded and pierced with nine Buddhist lions harsing brocade balls set between narrow niyi bands encircling the foot ad shoulder.  It was formerly in the Martin Schoenacollection.  It has an estimate of $5,000 to $7,000.  It sold for $10,625 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this sale.

All of the 117 offered lots sold for a total of $1,515,250.


green and gold bottle
Lot 1078, Fine and very rare famille-rose enameled and molded porcelain snuff bottle, Imperial Jingdezhen kilns, Qianlong four-character seal Mark in iron red and of the period,1740-1756, 2 inches high

Lot 1078 is a lovely and rare famille-rose enameled and molded porcelain snuff bottle from the Imperial Jingdezhen kilns with a Qianlong four-character seal mark and of the period, 1740-1756.  It is 2 inches high and is decorated with scenes of boys playing. The theme of boys at play symbolizes the continuation of the family line and was a favorite subject of Qing dynasty works of art. The bottle was once in the collection of Bob Stevens and Peter and Marion Bozzo.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $87,500.


Abstract

Lot 1020 is an fortification agate snuff bottle, one of three in the lot, circa 1770-1900, 2 1/4 inches high

The most abstract snuff bottle in the auction, and one of the most beautiful, is a fortificaiton agatge snuff bottle, one of three in Lot 1020, circa 1770-1900.  It is 2 1/4 inches high.  The lot has an estimate of $3,000 to $4,000. It sold for $10,000.

Red bats

Lot 1075. a carved red overlay yellow glass snuff bottle, probably Imperial Glassworks Beijing, 1760-1840, 2 1/2 inches high

Lot 1075 is a fine carved red overlay yellow glass snuff bottle, probably Imperial Glassworks Beijing, 1760-1840.  It is 2 1/2 inches high and the ruby-red band has a band of five bats (wufu) in flight. The bats represent the Five Blessings: longevity, wealth, health, loveof virtue and a peaceful death.  The yellow ground tone suggests an imperial producion.  The lot was once in the collection of HughMoss.  It has a modest estimate of $4,000 to $5,000.  It sold for $8,125.


Connected bottles

Along with a snuff bottled made of two Tibetan coins and another fashioned from a hollowed walnut shell, Lot 1071 has a medicine bottle formed by four rectangular hinged silver bottles, 3 3/16 inch across

Lot 1071 consists of two snuff bottles and a medicine bottle formed by four rectangular hinged silver bottles, 3 3/16 inches across.  The four bottles are decorated in bright enamel with scenes of prunus blossoms, lotus, bamboo and chrysanthemums and the name of the medicine on the frevers.  The lot has a modest estimate of $1,500 to $2,500.  It sold for $7,500.

 
Pink lotus

Lot 1097, Sandwiched pink glass "lotus" snuff bottle, probably Imperial Glassworks Beijing, 1740-1800, 2 3/4 inches high

The catalogue states that Lot 1097 was Hildegard Schonfeld's favorite.  It is a sandwiched pink glass "lotus" snuff bottle, probably from the Imperial Glassworks in Beijing, 1740-1800.  It is 2 3/4 inches high.  The lot has an estimate of $15,000 to $18,000.  It sold for $32,500.


Gray and pink

Lot 1107, Very rare carved green and pink tourmaline snuff bottle, Imperial, Palace workshops, 1760-1799, 2 inches high

Lot 1107 is a green and pink tourmaline snuff bottle, Imperial, Palace workshops, 1760-1799.  It is 2 inches high.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $171,500.

Amethyst

Lot 1060, a carved amethyst melon-form snuff bottle, probably Imperial,1760-1850, 2 inches high

Lot 1060 is a lovely amethyst snuff bottle, circa 1760-1850.  It is 2 inches high and was once in the Martin Schoen collection.  It is carved with two butterflies and the gourd symbolizes fertility.  It has an estimate of $2,000 to $3,000.  It sold for $15,000.

Couples
Lot  1061, A famille rose and iron-red decorated quadrilobed snuff bottle, Imperial, Jingzhen kilns,Jiaqing seal mark and of the period 1796-1820, 2 1/4 inches high

Lot 1061 is a very nice famille rose quadrilobed snuff bottle, Imperial, Jingzhen kilns, Jiaqing seal mark and of the period 1796-1820.  It is 2 1/4 inches high.  The lot has an estimate of $10,000 to $12,000.  It sold for $27,500.


Emerald


Lot 1100, a gold splashed green glass snuff bottle, probably Imperial Glassworks Beijing, 1740-1800, 2 1/4 inches high

Lot 1100 is a nice gold splashed green glass snuff bottle, probably Imperial Glassworks, Beijing, 1740-1800.  It is 2 1/4 inches high and was once in the Kaynes-Klitz Collection.  It has an estimate of $3,500 to $4,500.  It sold for $8,750.


Paintings

Two views of Lot 1088, a rare, inside-painted rock crystal snuff bottle, Ma Shaoxuan, Beijing, probably1905, 2 9/16 inches high

Lot 1088 is an inside-painted rock crystal snuff bottled by Ma Shaoxuan (1867-1939), Beijing.  It was probably painted in 1905 and is 2 9/16 inches high. The artist was a member of the Beijing School of Snuff Bottle Painting that was founded by Zhou Leyuan and included Ding Erzhong,Ye Zhonsan and Zi Yizi.  The lot has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $40,000.


Cricket

Lot 1014, a famille rose porcelain snuff bottle, Imperial, Jingzhen Kilns, Daoguang Period (1821-1850), 2 3/8 inches high

Lot 1014 is a nice famile rose porcelain snuff bottle, Imperial, Jingzhen Kilns, Daoguang Period (1821-1850).  It is 2 3/8 inches high.  It depicts on one side a kayydid, whih became a very poiular subject on snuff bottles as an emblem of courage.  It has an estimate of $8,000 to $10,000.  It sold for $22,500.



Doggie

Lot 1093, center, an unusual soft-paste porcelain snuff bottle depicting a reclining Buddhist lion wth a beribboned ball in his mouth, 2 13/16 inches long

Lot 1093 is a charming soft-paste porcelain snuff bottle, probably Imperial, Jingdezhen kilns, 1790-1810, 2 13/16 inches long.  It is in the form of a reclining Buddhist lion with a beribboned ball in his mouth. It has an estimate of $3,000 to $5,000.  It sold for $4,000.




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