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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VIII  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 26 May 2014: Lot 1011 

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Lot 1011
Treasury 7, no. 1633 (‘Fistful of Gold’)

Gold; in the form of a stylized fist; with flat lip and slightly flattened area of the natural design forming a foot; the back of the hand with an applied circular seal Yanhu zazhi 煙壺雜誌 (Snuff Bottles Magazine)
Made for Roland Hartman, circa 1969
Height: 5.06 cm (including original stopper)
Mouth/lip: 0.60/1.29 cm
Stopper: coral; gold collar, chased with a formalized floral design, with integral cork and spoon; original

Roland Hartman (circa 1969)
Hugh Moss

JICSBS, December 1976, p. 27, top right
Treasury 7, no. 1633

Roland Hartman made a small series of these fists with fake Qianlong reign marks and sold one to Hugh Moss, probably in 1969. The idea was borrowed from early glass bottles; several such bottles survive (see, for instance JICSBS, March 1977, p. 17), but they are seldom of fine quality. Hartman classed up the act a little and fitted his bottles with lovely stoppers sporting gold collars, ‘corks’, and spoons. Moss later asked Hartman to make one more, but to use in place of the spurious Qianlong reign mark the seal that appeared as a logo on the first three issues of the magazine he had started some years earlier (Chinese Snuff Bottles). Hartman duly obliged, and Moss kept the bottle as a souvenir until he disposed of his collection in the 1980s, at which point he gave it to the Blochs.

This gold bottle seems to have become rather more impressive in the past three decades. If nothing else, it has come to be considered one of the more commanding pieces of snuff-bottle memorabilia.


This is not the Sotheby’s sale catalogue. This is a product of Hugh Moss for the purposes of this website. For the catalogue details please refer to Sotheby’s website or request a copy of a printed sale catalogue from Sotheby’s.


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