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1  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Porcelain and Yixing Chinese Snuff Bottles 瓷器和宜兴鼻烟壶 / Re: Underglazed Blue and Copper Red Designs on: July 19, 2018, 09:59:50 am
Dear Joey,

That's them! Ann and John Hamilton from Houston, Texas.
Thanks for the memory jolt. Saves me having to find the catalog.....  Cheesy

Best,
Tom
2  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Porcelain and Yixing Chinese Snuff Bottles 瓷器和宜兴鼻烟壶 / Re: Underglazed Blue and Copper Red Designs on: July 19, 2018, 06:54:09 am

Was the Mr. Hamilton, Edward Morse Hamilton Jr., of Atherton CA ? 


Dear Joey,

I honestly don't remember. I will need to locate my copy of the auction catalog before confirming the couple's first names.

As for your other comments.........noted !!!

Best,
Tom
3  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Porcelain and Yixing Chinese Snuff Bottles 瓷器和宜兴鼻烟壶 / Re: Underglazed Blue and Copper Red Designs on: July 19, 2018, 05:44:36 am
Dear Joey,

Thanks for the interesting background of Harriet Hamilton. I have the book of her collection (with all of its misinformation), but it of course mentions nothing of her family history.

I hate to disappoint, but the provenance of my bottle is Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton (their first names escape me) who sold off their collection via Sotheby's in 2003. I do not believe there is any connection between that couple and Harriet Hamilton.

Best,
Tom
4  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Porcelain and Yixing Chinese Snuff Bottles 瓷器和宜兴鼻烟壶 / Re: Underglazed Blue and Copper Red Designs on: July 19, 2018, 12:55:43 am
Dear Joey,

Thanks for your comments. I'm sure you saw this bottle on one of your visits. But it was probably like when one tries to 'do' an art gallery in two hours.......50% of the items viewed are quickly forgotten.   Wink 

Best,
Tom 
5  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Organic, Metal, and Embellished Bottles / Re: Metal bottle on: July 19, 2018, 12:29:59 am
Thanks Richard,

I remember that bottle!

Regards,
Tom
6  Public Forum Categories and Boards / All Other Snuff Bottles and Containers / Re: Things Associated with Snuff Bottle on: July 17, 2018, 12:54:01 am
Hi Adrian,

Thanks for the heads up on the seller.

Tom
7  Public Forum Categories and Boards / All Other Snuff Bottles and Containers / Re: Things Associated with Snuff Bottle on: July 16, 2018, 05:43:38 am
Dear Joey,

With luck like that, it probably won't be long before Adrian sniffs out another 20 yards of that textile....  Cool

All best,
Tom
8  Public Forum Categories and Boards / All Other Snuff Bottles and Containers / Re: Things Associated with Snuff Bottle on: July 16, 2018, 04:06:40 am
Hi Adrian,
I'm more interested in the textile under the plate in your photo. Can you give me some details about that?

All best,
Tom
9  Public Forum Categories and Boards / All Other Snuff Bottles and Containers / Re: Things Associated with Snuff Bottle on: July 11, 2018, 10:45:41 pm

 The upper part I am thinking of sending back, and requesting that the dealer have another stand made to fit it, and send back both rock and stand to me.


Dear Joey,

Sorry to hear about the breakage. I think your proposal is a very good one. You get two meditation rocks, and the dealer doesn't lose face.
Of course, if the dealer refuses, then immediately do as Giovanni suggests.

All best,
Tom
10  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Porcelain and Yixing Chinese Snuff Bottles 瓷器和宜兴鼻烟壶 / Re: Underglazed Blue and Copper Red Designs on: July 08, 2018, 11:00:13 pm
Dear Giovanni and Albert,
Thank you for your comments. The forum has gone very quiet lately!

Dear Giovanni, I always appreciate your opinion when it comes to porcelain, as that is not one of my strong points. The style on my bottle is what I would describe as spontaneous and 'painterly', since I am not familiar with the term 'Jiaomo'. But if the dish you posted is an example of this technique, then I understand. It is a style I have seen often on blue underglaze, but rarely on red underglaze wares.
I am not sure how the artist achieved the graduation of colour on this bottle from red to green-grey, but it looks like the brush strokes on the tips of the grasses are done by finishing each stroke quickly and lightly, depositing relatively little 'ink' at the end. At least, that is how I would expect it to be done on paper or silk.

Regards,
Tom   
11  Public Forum Categories and Boards / All Other Snuff Bottles and Containers / Re: Things Associated with Snuff Bottle on: July 04, 2018, 12:17:11 am

My plates arrived from Japan this morning.
 

Hi Adrian,

That's quick.
Very atttractive. No use for me though - I'd be constantly pushing my food around the plate to look at the bottles!

All best,
Tom
12  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Porcelain and Yixing Chinese Snuff Bottles 瓷器和宜兴鼻烟壶 / Re: Underglazed Blue and Copper Red Designs on: July 03, 2018, 05:26:23 am
Dear All,

It has been a while since I posted any bottles on the forum. Apologies for the absence. I have one to share on this thread. Enjoy....

Description:
An underglaze red copper-oxide and blue cobalt-oxide porcelain snuff bottle of cylindrical form, with cylindrical neck, convex lip, a glazed mouth and interior, and a recessed plain glazed base surrounded by a raised circular footrim; painted in flowing copper-red brushstrokes with a scene of a fisherman holding his fishing rod over an expanse of water as he sits on a bank under a willow tree, near a rocky hillside, the neck and base with twinned bands of underglaze cobalt blue. Coral stopper carved in the form of a coiled chilong.

Height: 7.6 cm
Tentative dating: 1820-1880

Additional commentary:
Rustic pictorial scenes executed in loose and simple strokes of the artist's brush, as in the present example, appeal to me. I particularly like the fact that a large area of the 'canvas' has been left blank, the artist resisting the temptation to fill the entire surface. The theme of a lone fisherman in a pastoral setting was a popular one, since it stereotyped the scholar in a idealized existence. As with all the bottles in this thread, controlling the two colours combined required technical skill. Here the underglaze red has fired with particular success, showing good colour and gradation of hue, turning green-grey where it thins out at the tips of the foliage.

Provenance: Hamilton Collection, 2003 (no. 223)
13  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Organic, Metal, and Embellished Bottles / Re: Metal bottle on: June 19, 2018, 10:47:09 pm

Thank you for replying, and it is nice to know the Thais do or did take snuff as I have spent some time in that part of the world but never seen it myself.


Hi Jason,

I have spent 25 years in this part of the world, and never seen anyone take snuff here, so don't feel bad about it.  Wink

Best,
Tom
14  The Gathering / The Lounge / Re: Galerie Zacke Auction. on: June 16, 2018, 07:20:24 am
Hi Adrian,

They have three auctions this Fri-Sat.
I mistakenly thought the snuff bottles were in the Sat sale. No worries, I wasn't bidding.

Look forward to hearing of your experience with them.

Best,
Tom
15  The Gathering / The Lounge / Re: Galerie Zacke Auction. on: June 16, 2018, 12:52:06 am
Is anyone bidding at this Saturday's Zacke auction?
For that matter, has anyone had dealings with this auction house? Interested to know how the service is.

Best,
Tom
16  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Gem, Stone, Rock and Fossil / Re: Bottle - Material and Age Help Please on: June 07, 2018, 05:18:19 am
I agree, it looks like jade.
If it didn't have the greenish tinge, and was ultra-white, I'd have said it could possibly be cryptocrystalline quartzite. But Charll is the real expert on stones.

Tom
17  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Organic, Metal, and Embellished Bottles / Re: A root amber bottle on: June 04, 2018, 12:17:51 pm
Those taotie are superbly carved!

Best,
Tom
18  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Hello from Wales on: June 03, 2018, 11:00:55 pm
Thomas,

Thanks for the tour of North Wales! I had no idea about that old law in Chester.  Shocked

Al best,
Tom
19  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Organic, Metal, and Embellished Bottles / Re: A root amber bottle on: June 03, 2018, 10:56:55 pm

Sorry Iím late in replying as Iíd been very busy in the past half a month or so due to my exams. Hooray itís finally over and Iím done with my first year of law school!



Dear Samson,

Congratulations. Time for a well-deserved break!

Tom
20  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Gem, Stone, Rock and Fossil / Re: Crystal Clear on: May 31, 2018, 10:14:27 am

By the way, is the attribution here and in other places, to Blotch rather than Bloch, intentional and humorous, or a recurring typo?   

Dear Joey,

I was wondering when you were going to comment on that...!    Grin

Enjoy Toronto,
Tom
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