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DO WE NEED A NEW "MODERN / VERY MODERN" COLLECTORS' SOCIETY ?

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Peter Bentley 彭达理
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« on: June 10, 2011, 11:22:21 pm »

Hi   again George,  All

There  is  immense    scholarship  in the  ICSBS 

Any  serious collector    who   turns  his  back on that    immense  sholarship  is     short-sighted  in his/her   thinking.

That's  why, although  I have  ZERO  interest  in the   antique  ( middle - school)   bottles  which  figure  so highly  in  the ICSBS   thinking,  I   subscribed   immediately  to the  ICSBS  as  soon  as  I started   collecting   seriously

Therefore,  I   think  that every   SERIOUS   collecter  should  join the  ICSBS  as a  way  to   tap into this    huge   scholarship  and  history   

I  will , in  due  course,  propose  to the  the  ICSBS  secretariat   for  a  fee   waiver    for   all modern   artists,  now that  the  ICSBS   journal  is   dual  language ,   for the   first time ever

Whether we -  somewhat  few  -  serious   collectors   of  Modern  /  VERY  Modern ( "VM")     bottles    have  much in common with the general  membership  of  the  ICSBS  is  a  very  different matter .

Personally  ,  I  do not  think  we  have  much in  common   because   most  of  those   of  us ,  who  like  me,   buy  "VM"  bottles ....   we  all  buy  for  pure   BEAUTY, not  for  investment   value  . Beauty  #1 !    Yeah  !!!!

But I agree  that  there  is   certain  "investment"  value in  being able  to  spot the    next  " Wang  Xisan"    of  the  VM  world

So   please  let  me  tell  you all  a   story  :

In  9.2009  the   Asian  Snuff  Bottle  Collectors  Society  held  a    very   big meeting  and    exhibition  in Yantai.   There  were  many   Singapore  collectors, there, also  about  100 x   artists,   but  I was  the  only   westerner  .  That's  not  a    big  thing:   I am often   the  only  westerner  at  such  occasions  . But the  point  is that  I  was  able  to  view  objectively   from    a  western-collector  ( albeit   rookie  collector )   point  of  view   the  whole  proceedings .

Which    is  what  I    did.  ( Copies   of  my  diary  of  that   very  long    and   exciting  weekend  on  request    to  bona   fide   SERIOUS  Forum   Members  on  privat   request)


When  I  finally  walked  through  the   exhibitio, , only   2 bottles    caught  my  attention

1.    Fu Guoshun :  THE  MOST  BEAUITIFUL BOTTLE  IN THE   WORLD   Which  is my  signature  pic  on  this   website  - TRULY   .  I  have  NEVER    seen a  bottle  SO  beautiful    in  all  my life 

Finally,    (several   months  later)    I  persuaded  Fu  Guoshun  to  sell me  this  bottle  , and it  remains to  this  day  as  THE  most beautiful   bottle I   ever  bought in my  life    I  would   happily   exchange   ALL my   250 bottles   collection for  this one  , single  ,  bottle

Now  THAT's  a   true  master  work  !


2  Sung  Hongln  !    He  has  suddenly   created a   whole new   style    :   wonderful  ! 

He  had   just  one  such bottle on  display  at  Yanaai/ 2009,   for  which  I   negogiated  long  and  hard. 

Finally  we  agreed  a  price  (not  cheap  !) 

But  then I   found  out    that Michael  Ku  , who  is  now  the  curator  of  the  new  WXS  Museum  in  BJ,  had  also  been   eagerly    been  collecting  Sun Honglin's   currrent   work in  2010  

So it  seems  my  taste  in Modern  IPBs  is  well  ahead  of  time....

Cheers  Peter

 
   
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