[A fossiliferous limestone snuff bottle, 1 and 7/8" high, 1750 -1860. The Joe Grimberg Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles. Sotheby's.]
There are 189 exquisite lots in The Joe Grimberg Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles, soon to be sold at auction at Sotheby's New York. Choosing just one to highlight here wasn't easy. One of the finely detailed Peking enamels or intricately carved examples would have been likely contenders. But my selection is a more organic fossiliferous limestone piece. Something about the streaky brown-and-white pattern combined with the green of the stopper. Anyone with a penchant for Chinese decorative arts -- maybe even some jewelry designers out there -- will enjoy exploring the online catalogue. Click here to see what I mean.