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1  Miscellaneous / Special Events, and Snuff Bottle News / Re: Meeting of Singapore Collectors on: October 18, 2017, 09:52:44 am
Dear Inn Bok,

Wow! Sultan fish is one of the most delicious fresh water fishes!

Wish some day I get to join you guys for a nice meal and "
bottle chat"!

Best,
Samson
2  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Gem, Stone, Rock and Fossil / Re: Crystal Clear on: October 14, 2017, 09:13:39 am
Samson,

Yep! Late last year, one that I bought at auction.

Cheers,

Rube.

Dear Rube,"

Wow! Shocked Coincidentally that's where I bought my first smoky quartz bottle, and if I'm right, it shares the same provenance with this hair crystal bottle of yours! But I think I may have bidded against you on this one because I liked it too... Roll Eyes

People say great minds think alike; I say great collectors share the same tastes... Grin Cheesy

So you got yourself an amazing bottle! Congratulations! Grin Smiley

Best,
Samson

3  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Gem, Stone, Rock and Fossil / Re: Crystal Clear on: October 14, 2017, 07:49:19 am
Dear Rube,

Thanks! Smiley The latest hair crystal bottle you shared with a unique spoon, I've seen one that's either the same or highly similar in an auction at the beginning of the year. Love it!

Best,
Samson
4  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Gem, Stone, Rock and Fossil / Re: Crystal Clear on: October 14, 2017, 07:46:16 am
Dear Joey,

Thank you! I think these days it's rather rare to see Bob Stevens' bottles for sale. I feel happy and blessed to have one in my collection! Smiley

Shabbat Shalom,
Samson
5  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Gem, Stone, Rock and Fossil / Re: Crystal Clear on: October 13, 2017, 11:59:44 pm
Dear all,

Apparently, Tom's thread has become a platform for members to showcase bottles matching the theme from their collections. So I've decided to share mine here instead of opening a new thread! Wink

This smoky quartz bottle came as a birthday present for myself. It's my second smoky quartz bottle. One with a good provenance: Sotheby's New York, Collection of Bob C. Stevens, 25 June 1982.

Height: 67mm

Seems like the bottle has been kept in its original condition all these years as the 35 years old auction label is still on the bottle.

Special thanks to Charll for providing me catalog image and description of the bottle from the 1982 auction. I simply adore its undecorared form!

Hope you all like it!

Best,
Samson
6  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Organic, Metal, and Embellished Bottles / Re: UK ban on Ivory. on: October 07, 2017, 12:10:55 pm
Dear Joey and Jason,

Perhaps the Tories are so desperate for getting some achievements marked on their blank performance card that they are introducing such a law? When a government fails to please the people, they turn to "protect" the endangered animals to gain back some popularity... Roll Eyes

Best,
Samson
7  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Gem, Stone, Rock and Fossil / Re: A round full moon for all of you on: October 07, 2017, 01:01:59 am
Dear Toni-Lee,

Thanks! I feel that simplicity is subtly dominating in my taste for snuff bottles... Roll Eyes

Bests,
Samson

8  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Gem, Stone, Rock and Fossil / Re: A round full moon for all of you on: October 06, 2017, 05:14:10 am
Dear Jo, Jason and Giovanni,

Thanks!

Best,
Samson
9  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Can't believe what just happened..... on: October 06, 2017, 12:57:59 am
Dear Jason,

When sleepiness attacks me, not even coffee or movies could save me. Roll Eyes

Dear Joey and Jo,

Yes, I will definitely go for telephone bidding in the future when auctions take place at odd hours for me and when there is just one ot two bottles I want to buy.

Thanks for the suggestions.

Best,
Samson
10  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Gem, Stone, Rock and Fossil / Re: A round full moon for all of you on: October 05, 2017, 11:23:46 am
Dear Rube and Luke,

Thank you! Smiley

Best,
Samson
11  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Gem, Stone, Rock and Fossil / Re: A round full moon for all of you on: October 05, 2017, 06:01:47 am
Dear George, Joey and Pin,

Thank you! Smiley

Joey, the scenery must have been fascinating!

Chag Sameach!

Samson
12  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Can't believe what just happened..... on: October 05, 2017, 05:51:58 am
Dear Joey,

It was Bonhams Asian Art auction in San Francisco last night (around noon SF time). Not specifically a SB auction which probably explains why there wasn't much interest in the two bottles I wanted to get.

I don't really know anyone at Bonhams but I'm trying to get in touch with a customer service personnel who had assisted me recently during the Golder sale to see if anything can be worked out.

It's a shame because both bottles looked fine and Yu Shuyun's works are hard to come by.

Happy Sukkot!
Samson

13  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Gem, Stone, Rock and Fossil / A round full moon for all of you on: October 04, 2017, 09:59:54 pm
Dear all,

First of all, Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to all Chinese members! As some of you may know, it's been a festival tradition for us to appreciate the bright full moon on Mid-Autumn night. To us, a bright, round full moon symbolises family reunion, abundance, completeness and harmony. The unstable weather here in HK these few days prevented us from such an opportunity. However, I'm not too upset by it as I have my own "round full moon" at home - this white jade snuff bottle that I recently acquired from the Dr. Sylvan and Faith Golder sale at Bonhams NY.

Hope you enjoy and I wish take the opportunity to wish everyone of you an abundant and enriched life.

Best to all,
Samson
14  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Can't believe what just happened..... on: October 04, 2017, 09:26:12 pm
Hi Tom,

Thank you. Yes, that's how Steven consoled me too. Smiley

The bottles are marked as sold, so I can't contact the auction house and make a post-sale offer. Nevertheless, I wrote them requesting them to put me through to the buyer of the bottles with the hope that I can convince him/her to sell them to me although I understand it is unlikely they would entertain my request as they need to protect buyers' privacy. I just want to give it a try anyhow...

Anyway, as you know, it's not been a fruitless hunt for me recently. So I have to say I still feel content and happy, although I could have been happier... Wink Well, nothing is perfect.


Best,
Samson
15  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Can't believe what just happened..... on: October 04, 2017, 04:24:48 pm
I have tried a few times to contact an auction house after missing the auction when the bottles were passed on and offered to buy them, but this has never worked out for me yet..

Dear George,

Nice to hear from you and thanks for the consolation! Well I'm trying what you've just mentioned as a last resort... I know chances are slim and many auction houses may refuse to do that to protect buyers' privacy, but I couldn't just give up without trying.... Wink

Best,
Samson
16  The Gathering / Introductions / Can't believe what just happened..... on: October 04, 2017, 03:44:49 pm
Dear all,

I truly can't believe what just happened. I was all set and ready to bid for the two perfect bottles by Gui Xianggu and Yu Shuyun. I even set alarms to wake myself up several times to constantly check the progress of the auction, but only to find out when I woke up to the last alarm that the two lots just passed, just the previous lots they had been!! And both sold for incredibly low prices!!! Cry Cry Cry They would have greatly enriched my inside painted bottle collection... I should have stayed awake all along as it's a public holiday for us tomorrow for Mid-Autumn! This feeling is much worse than merely being outbid! And I can hardly bear with it myself. I think I would feel better sharing with you all here.

But after all, perhaps it's just not G-D's will that I get them, somehow. I think I can make that conclusion for the fact that I missed the bottles by just 1 minute, literally 1 minute....

May such things never happen to any of us again,
Samson

P.S. Thinking further, perhaps G-D opined that I'd bought enough bottles recently... Roll Eyes I will post them up later....
17  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Gem, Stone, Rock and Fossil / Re: Jet bottle on: September 29, 2017, 03:20:38 am
Although, saying that, I have a bottle, my 'Bling' bottle; it is an 18th C. Beijing Palace Workshops Jet, embellished with 3 shades of gold lacquer, mother of pearl and other materials.  I bought it in March of this year (2017), but a top UK dealer had given it to one of Japan's "Living National Treasures" in embellishment of Lacquer, to create his 'magic' on it in 2008.

      While offended that it was so drastically changed, I fell in love with it and bought it as a 60th birthday present to myself.  Roll Eyes Shocked Grin

Dear Joey,

I remember that bottle vividly and I love it too! It's really a flawless beauty, and one of a kind present for 60th birthday!

Best,
Samson
18  Miscellaneous / Special Events, and Snuff Bottle News / Re: Y.F. Yang on: September 24, 2017, 05:50:40 am
Thanks Steven! Finally get to see how the legendary Mr. Y.F. Yang looked like. John Ford hasn't changed much I think.

Best,
Samson
19  Miscellaneous / Special Events, and Snuff Bottle News / Re: Y.F. Yang on: September 23, 2017, 09:49:03 pm
I always wonder how he looked, but never managed to find any picture of him over the internet.

Best,
Samson
20  Miscellaneous / Special Events, and Snuff Bottle News / Re: Y.F. Yang on: September 23, 2017, 08:26:46 pm
Dear Steven,

I think you may be right with Mr. Y.F. Yang's name in Chinese characters. I heard Peter Lee pronouncing his name in mandarin (essentially Beijing Hua since Peter Lee was from Beijing), and it sounded that way, so 杨永福 should be it.

BTW, Peter Lee retired and returned to Toronto to reunite with some of his family members back in July. I think he worked with Mr. Yang in the past and he's not much younger than Mr. Yang.

Best,
Samson
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