CHRISTIES THE RUTH AND CARL BARRON COLLECTION OF FINE CHINESE SNUFF BOTTLES: 9/16/15 PART I SALE CODE 11785
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
The Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Ruth and Carl Barron Collection: Part I auction offers a rich trove of over 140 snuff bottles from one of the most well-known and respected collectors in this collecting category. Over a period of 20 years, the Barrons amassed a comprehensive collection of a diverse range of bottles, with a focus on rare and fine examples in glass—particularly faceted and multicolored overlay snuff bottles—and a preference for the colorful and innovative examples produced by the Imperial Glassworks in Beijing. Exceptional highlights include a rare five-color overlay pink glass bottle dating from 1750–1850, an exquisite white and blue overlay bottle depicting Meng Haorang seated on a horse beneath a prunus tree and a greyish-black and white jade snuff bottle carved with the image of elegant birds amidst lotus.