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Anyone know of a collector called Bernard Buckman, died 1991.

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« on: May 15, 2017, 12:42:13 pm »

Just wondering if anyone might have heard of a snuff bottle collector called Bernard Buckman as I have just bought some bottles from his collection.

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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2017, 03:16:42 am »

Hi Adrian,

Did you buy at Chiswick auctions? There were a few bottles I had my eye on but they went for way over the estimates and in some cases thought the bidders paid too much - a damaged coral bottle went for over 2000.

I don't know anything about this collector but he seemed to have a nice collection. I googled the name and seems like there's been several auctions of his collection. One bottle in particular stood out - a master of rocks school jade bottle. What bottles did you end up buying?

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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2017, 03:05:54 pm »

Hi Luke,

Yes it was Chiswick Auctioneers and I arrived home a short while ago having ridden up on my motorbike to collect my lots. I nearly had a Fake Monet frame moment when they brought out a lacquered Fubako I won which just fitted in my top box with a layer of bubble wrap on each end to jam it in place.

I think all Asian themed auctions are achieving good prices. I bought 2 bottles from Semley Auctions on Saturday and was surprised at the prices they achieved for some lots for a small provincial auction house. Every auction I view now talks of Chinese "spotters" viewing any snuff bottles. One recent small auction had 8 phone bidders for a group of blue and white bottles. I think they had to call in friends and relatives to man the phones as they don't have 8 employees.

I bought lot 163 which wasn't planned but I like both bottles. Also lot 418 which was described as having 11 bottles but the description only mentioned 10 and in fact had 23 bottles and the ones not mentioned were the ones I was interested in. I hadn't intended paying so much but have been getting frustrated losing out on bottles I like so decided to readjust what I pay. A mixed bag of a lot but 3 IP bottles I'm very happy with and will post when I can.

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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2017, 08:49:50 am »

Hi Adrian,

the prices are indeed crazy at auction at the moment. The odd thing is I feel you can get better examples and sometimes even cheaper at retail prices here in London than at auction. Certainly every now and then there seems to be ebay bargains which can be jumped on...

Interesting lots! I really like the 2 Tibetan type bottles you purchased and looking forward to seeing some of the bottles you got in that huge bundle Smiley I bid up to 400 on 2 blue and white bottles and was considering upping it to 500 when the bidding suddenly jumped to 1000. I definitely know somewhere where you can purchase the same deal cheaper Grin Although, I probably need to get more aggressive with the bidding no doubt... though hell am I paying 2k for a damaged coral bottle!

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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2017, 10:58:50 am »

Hi Luke,

Those two blue and white bottles were nice but the bidding went to high on them for me.

I really wanted the silhouette agate of the bird under the tree but it went for 1800.

I've just picked up the 2 bottles I got from Semley Auctioneers and Chinese buyers go to their Asian auctions by the van load, none speaking English and all with Chinese bank accounts. I don't know if they are buying for themselves, buying on behalf of people in China or looking to sell what they buy in China. The undamaged coral bottle they had which was carved as a buffalo and was nice went for 1,400.

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