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Event Date24 March 2022 | Live auction 21256
Rivers and Mountains Far from the World: Important Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Rachelle R. Holden Collection, borrows its evocative title from the scholarly catalogue published by the late collector in 1994. Rachelle Holden purchased her first snuff bottle in 1974, finding the art form fascinating as it combined all of the classic forms of Chinese art: calligraphy, poetry and painting. The sale features 114 outstanding snuff bottles across many media, including glass, porcelain, agate, jade and painted enamel on metal. The Rachelle R. Holden Collection offers new and established collectors the opportunity to acquire rare and fine examples featuring some of the most prestigious provenances, including Lilla S. Perry, Bob C. Stevens, Alice B. McReynolds, the Ko Family, the Mei Ling Collection, and the J & J Collection.
Highlights include an extremely rare and important imperial famille rose-enameled glass snuff bottle, Qianlong mark and of the period (1736-1795), formerly from the Zhang Tungyu Collection, Shanghai, as well as a superb Yixing slip-decorated snuff bottle, 1750-1830, from the collections of Lilla S. Perry and Bob C. Stevens, and a magnificent and masterfully carved black and white jade snuff bottle, Suzhou school, 1740-1850.
An online sale of 112 lots will run from 15-29 March 2022.