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Pair of miniature 17th century Kangxi Vases from the "Holzapfel Collection"? Should we trust provenance?
Hi, young collector here!
This pair of Kangxi miniature vases claimed to be 17th century called my attention. They look very white, the feet look fine, although the drawings aren't incredible. The auction house showed both have a sticker from a Holzapfel Collection, and I've found few pieces on the internet with the same sticker... But I couldn't find anything else about it.
I've found them especially interesting because, unlikely most objects I see on sale, these come from the collection of a important diplomat and also have the indicative from an even older collection... Someone knows anything about this Holzapfel Collection?
Hi Julio, the Holzapfel collection was recently auctioned off by Galerie Zacke, there was a whole auction day dedicated only to this collection. Most of the things were 19th century and aquired after 1995 "by a third generation member of the family", nice but not spectacular in my eyes. Probably the crown jewels from old Holzapfel had been sold years before. There were no labels on the items. Your little vases are Kangxi in my opinion and are probably of the original collection. Maybe some expert here can help you with them.
The small vase is Kangxi blue. That special blue that pops.
For how much it is worth bidding on small pieces like these? they are aprox. 13cm in height and I like them very much, but wouldn't want to pay a premium way above the estimate.
Sorry I have no idea about value. You could look for sold Kangxi miniature vases e.g. on Ebay
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