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« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2020, 09:56:01 am »

Giovanni and all,

I find this really interesting. Of course it makes complete sense for dealers to create mystique around specific bottles or "schools" to help flog their inventory, but I hadn't thought about the protectionist attitude of auction houses to limit "flooding" the market with similar bottles and devaluing (read:properly valuing) recently sold lots.

For my own education, I'm very curious about which Bloch auction bottles you feel are s**t? Please share if you are comfortable. I'm still developing an eye for all of this and sometimes feel like I'm standing in the middle of a minefield too cautious to take a step in any direction, which is why I've been collecting some Very Modern IPBs where provenance and painter are less an issue. I feel blessed that my grandfather had a good eye and found some top notch bottles, but I know that even he was conned a few times. One a Ma Shaoxuan bottle that Michael Chu unceremoniously dismissed as "fake" when I showed him a pic and another the very bottle he had commissioned of he and my grandmother that was supposed to be painted by Dong Xue (and likely paid for commensurately) that Wang Jinpeng verified was not authentic either. Enough to make you pull your hair out.

Why do snuff bottles attract such shady dealings?

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