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2017-03-13 10:00:00 2017-03-13 18:00:00 America/New_York Asian Works of Art Featuring the I. Arnold Victor Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles. Please note that the end time is an estimate based on average auction duration and is not guaranteed; auctions may end earlier or later than their estimated end time. New York Doyle info@doyle.com
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  • Sale of Asian Works of Art on March 13, 2017 at 10am
  • Presenting the Arts of China, Japan and Southeast Asia
  • Featuring the I. Arnold Victor Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles

Scheduled during Asia Week New York, Doyle’s Asian Works of Art auction on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10am presents the arts of China, Japan and Southeast Asia from the Neolithic Period through the 20th century. Offerings include porcelain, pottery, jade, scholar's objects, bronzes, screens, furniture and paintings. A special section of the auction is devoted to the I. Arnold Victor Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles.


Noted Yuan Dynasty painter Qian Xuan was known for his masterful depictions of birds and flowers and landscapes, which blended Song Dynasty realism with the archaic Tang style. His works were distinctive in their time, and as with many famous Chinese painters, the style is copied by later artists in tribute. One such example is a painting of a fruiting vine, a Ming Dynasty expression of this important artist’s work (est. $40,000-60,000).


Doucai or ‘colors that fit together’ combine over glaze enamels within under glazed blue outlines, a technique begun in the Ming Dyansty and most popular during the Chenghua period and revived again during the 18th century. This type of workmanship required absolute perfection or the piece was destroyed. Highlighting the Chinese porcelain in the sale is an 18th century Doucai glazed porcelain cup decorated in a design of leafy fruiting peach branches (est. $50,000-70,000).


Made during the late 18th to early 19th century, a light celadon jade vase is an exceptional example of the high quality of jade workmanship of this time. Favored in the imperial courts, objects such as this vase harken back to archaic forms and design motifs in the most precious medium of all, jade (est. $20,000-30,000).

The I. Arnold Victor Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles

Doyle is honored to auction the I. Arnold Victor Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles. Assembled by Cecile and I.A. Victor, Jr., the collection has been consigned by the estate of their son, I. Arnold Victor, III (1939-2016).

Missouri native Isidore Arnold Victor, Jr. (1907-1988), always known as I.A., met his wife Cecile Dorothea Mann (1915-1991) during a visit to Houston, Texas shortly after he relocated to Texas. The couple were married in 1938 and settled in Dallas, Texas, where they raised their three children. A graduate of the University of Missouri, I.A. was for many years a merchandise buyer for a large chain of department stores and frequently traveled to New York. In later years, he made a career change and entered the banking industry. Cecile, an Alabama native and alumna of the University of Texas at Austin, created a loving home for their son and two daughters, and her parents, Marion and Jack Mann, who lived with them.

In 1969, while attending the annual Gift and Jewelry Market of the Fine Jewelers Guild in Dallas, Cecile and I.A. happened upon a Chinese snuff bottle and were entranced and fascinated by its beauty. They made their first purchase, and thus began the remarkable collection that they assembled over the next decade. Acquisitions were made through American dealers, as well as in London through Spink and Hugh Moss, who was a valued source of information for the couple as they collected. The Victors treasured their growing collection, which was proudly displayed in four cabinets in their living room.

The couple enjoyed interacting with the people  they met in their collecting years. Collecting brought them many lasting friendships with fellow collectors, dealers and others with interests in the art world. I.A. also served on the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Museum of Art, and the couple entertained English sculptor Henry Moore in their home during a visit he made to Dallas.

Their son, I. Arnold Victor, III, inherited the collection from his parents. An accomplished polyglot, Arnold was a graduate of Rice University and studied Slavic Languages at the University of Vienna, Austria, on a Fulbright Scholarship. He earned a Master of Science in Linguistics at Georgetown University and later taught Humanities at Howard University. A member of Mensa, he was fluent in Esperanto, French, German, Russian and Mandarin. He enjoyed traveling internationally, but New York was his home for more than forty years. A highly cultured gentleman, he was a longtime subscriber to the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. Like his parents before him, he was fascinated by Chinese snuff bottles and cherished their collection. The upcoming auction offers collectors the rare opportunity to acquire fine Chinese snuff bottles treasured by two generations of a family of true connoisseurs.   

The I. Arnold Victor Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles comprises lots 228 through 305, with additional Chinese Works of Art comprising lots 86 and 142.

Asia Week New York

Doyle is proud to be an Auction House Partner of Asia Week New York, the annual celebration of Asian art taking place each March. New York becomes the world's premier destination for collectors, curators, scholars and enthusiasts of Asian art, with special events presented throughout the city. For information on Asia Week New York, visit AsiaWeekNY.com or the Chinese language site at cn.asiaweekny.com 

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