The second volume in the continuing series of Franz Collection books, FranzArt Glass contains 167 fine snuff bottles and vessels, displayed with descriptions in the main section, and sequentially catalogued at the back of the with provenance details, publishing and exhibition history, and notes.
Silver award in hardcover books at the Gold Ink Awards in Chicago.
Chinese jade carvings are one of the most representative, and snuff bottles one of the most collectible, of the Chinese arts. Hedda and Lutz Franz of Hong Kong have spent a quarter century assembling a spectacular collection with remarkable connoisseurship and a bit of whimsy, too.
Fortunately for us, not only have they chosen to share their collection, but they have done so in a beautiful, sumptuously produced set of books. More than 85% of the 335 items shown are snuff bottles-clearly the Franz's main love. A few other small carvings round out the first volume (Jade) and some non-snuff glass vessels the second volume (Glass). Among the jade bottles are an unusual number of fine and rare black (and contrasting black/white) nephrite examples, as well as others that take artistic advantage of the material's colored inclusions and underskin. This has to be one of the most impressive snuff bottle collections ever assembled.
FranzArt Chinese Art from the Hedda and Lutz Franz Collection, Vol. 2 - Glass
fully illustrated in colour
286 x 365 mm