Folk art in auction
3 April 2019
Today Auction House De Zwaan in Amsterdam sold a series of tabacological items from the estate of the collector and trader Loed van Bussel, who died last year. As a trader, he did ethnography, but for his personal collection the focus was on tobacco-related objects in carved wood. Some thirty lots with various snuff boxes, some snuff graters and pipe cases were put up for auction. The interest turned out to be overwhelming, especially by foreign telephone bidders. In spite of that, we bought ten objects for our collection, including the finest snuff bottle with three stream gods carved in fine boxwood. Here is another triumph depicted: an early snuff box in the shape of a reclining lion, carved from palm wood. With its age of almost three centuries a beautifully preserved object.