A group of five Chinese snuff bottles Early to mid-20th century

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 267
A group of five Chinese snuff bottles
Early to mid-20th century

Sold for AU$ 18,910 (US$ 13,022) inc. premium
A group of five Chinese snuff bottles
Early to mid-20th century
of various materials including agate, nephrite, and rock crystal, some carved, some inside-painted, each fitted with a stopper of hard stone, coral, or jadeite, box
varying from 6.7cm to 8cm high (5).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Acquired in Shanghai, between 1950-1956
    Arthur Stewart Briggs collection
    Private collection Queensland

    Arthur Stewart Briggs was employed by Lord William Vestey and his brother Sir Edmund Vestey to manage their business operations in the Far East. Briggs worked for the Vestey Brothers and lived in Shanghai between 1950-1956. During his stay in China, Briggs was acquainted with high ranking officials including Chairman Mao himself. He received many gifts of Chinese furniture, porcelain, ivory, snuff bottle and carpet from a wealthy family friend, where most of them were confiscated by the Chinese government before he left China in 1956.

    二十世紀中早期 鼻煙壺一組五件

    來源:
    1950至1956年間購自上海
    Arthur Stewart Briggs 私藏
    昆省私人收藏

    Arthur Stewart Briggs 於1950至1956年間受聘於 Lord William Vestey 及其兄 Sir Edmund Vestey,在上海助其管理家族在遠東的事業。其間多與國共雙方高層來往交好,其後人至今留有其與毛澤東合影。Briggs 當年與社會名流禮尚往來,獲贈中國家具、瓷器、象牙、鼻煙壺及地毯等,其中絕大部分在其離境前被政府扣留。

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the Private Collection of the descendants of Arthur Stewart Briggs consists of lot 267 to lot 284. The printed catalogue has the information on the lot number incorrect.
Contacts
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
22% on the Hammer Price

GST at the current rate of 10% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.