tag archives: chinese ceramics

sold for US$37.7 million.

a northern song dynasty (960-1127) ru guanyao brush washer.

the most expensive piece of chinese ceramics ever sold at auction.

a highly important and extremely rare ru guanyao brush washer | northern song dynasty (960-1127)

sold for 294,287,500 HKD (US$37.7 million) | song-important chinese ceramics from the le cong tang collection | sotheby’s hong kong | 3 october 2017 | sale HK0747  | lot 5

photo credits sotheby’s

ru ware is the rarest type of chinese ceramics.  less than 100 pieces exist.  only four pieces are privately owned.  the remainder are part of museum collections.

13 pieces are part of the percival david collection, which has now been transferred to the british museum, on loan from soas university of london, where i earned my MA in asian art and archaeology, with a specialization in chinese ceramics.

it was my privilege to have direct exposure to this valuable collection under the direction of my academic advisor, dr. stacy pierson, who was then curator of the percival david foundation of chinese art.

‘arguably the greatest example of early ming blue and white porcelain in private hands.’

sold for US$29.5 million.

the second-highest price paid at auction for ming dynasty (1368-1644) porcelain.

an exceptionally large, fine, and important blue and white lobed ‘fish pond’ bowl | mark and period of xuande (r. 1425-1435)

sold to an asian private collector for US$29.5 million | sotheby’s hong kong | 5 april 2017 | sale HK0766 | lot 101

now on loan to the long museum, shanghai, china, for an upcoming exhibition that opens on 28 april 2017

photo credits sotheby’s

when my husband, bob, and i lived in london, i had the pleasure of meeting many brilliant scholars while i was completing my post graduate studies and masters degree in asian art at the british museum and the school of oriental and african studies (soas) at the university of london.

regina krahl, an brilliant chinese ceramics scholar, wrote ‘fishes in the imperial pond’, the essay in the sotheby’s catalog.

she described the bowl as:

‘…unrivaled in its design, its painting quality, shape and size…’

the ‘fish swimming in a lotus pond’ design is inextricably associated with daoist literature.  in ‘the pleasures of fishes’, a famous passage from the 4th century BC daoist classic zhuangzi, fish are associated with freedom of expression because they swim wherever they choose.

if you had the freedom to buy whatever you choose, would you pay an unprecedented price for an object of unrivaled quality?

is chinese porcelain as valuable as impressionist art?

sold for US$21.6 million, the world record auction price for ming dynasty porcelain.

a blue and white meiping vase with fruit sprays | yongle period | ming dynasty

the meiyintang collection, part II | lot 11 | sotheby’s hong kong | 5 october 2011

photo credit sotheby’s
sold for US$69.5 million, the highest price paid for any chinese work of art at auction.

the bainbridge vase

a yang cai reticulated double walled vase sith six-character mark in underglaze blue of qianlong and of the period

lot 800 | bainbriges, west ruslip, middlesex, united kingdom | 11 november 2010

photo credit bainbridges

but, rumor has it that:

the bainbridge vase hasn’t been paid for.

the bainbridge vase isn’t genuine.

the provenance of the bainbridge vase isn’t real.

click here to read more about the bainbridge vase.

which could become more valuable?

a picasso painting, sold for US$106.5 million, the world record price for a work of art sold at auction.

pablo picasso | nude, green leaves and bust | oil on canvas | 1932

property from the collection of mrs. sidney f. brody | lot 6 | christie’s new york | 4 may 2010

photo credit christie’s

or, a painting by chinese contemporary artist zhang xiaogang, sold for US$10.2 million, the world record auction price for a chinese contemporary painting.

zhang xiaobong | forever naked love | triptych | oil on canvas | 1988

the ullens collection-the nascence of avant garde china | lot 808 | sotheby’s hong kong | 3 april 2011

photo credit artnet

henry howard-sneyd, vice chairman of asian art at sotheby’s, votes for zhang xiaogang.

his 27 october 2011 lecture at the san francisco fall antiques show about collecting opportunities: the rise of the asian art markets could be considered controversial.

howard-sneyd believes that the bubble could eventually burst.  but, he also thinks that this is one of the great periods of artistic endeavor in china, so a correction in pricing probably wouldn’t destroy the market for contemporary or traditional chinese works of art.

even though the demographics of the market are currently dominated by chinese dealers and collectors, in the long term, he thinks that western dealers and collectors are also very important.

but, howard-sneyd questions whether or not the phenomenal growth of the leading chinese auction houses, such as poly, china guardian, beijing hanhai, or council, can be believed.  according to published figures, the turnover in asian art at these four auction houses now dwarfs the turnover in asian art at sotheby’s, christie’s, and bonham’s.  but, howard-sneyd also noted that, using data from xinhua, a chinese government news agency, a chinese newspaper journalist implied that the actual volume of these four auction houses could be closer to 25% of the published figures, based on the amount of sales tax that they paid.

all of the rumors seem quite controversial, don’t you think?

‘rumor has it’ | adele | 21

found in the attic of their family home near london.

and, sold for US$69.5 million,

the highest price ever paid for any chinese work of art at auction.

a superb and very rare yang cai reticulated double-walled vase with six character mark in underglaze blue of qianlong and of the period

bainbridges | west ruslip, middlesex, UK | 11 november 2010 | lot 800

photo credits bainbridges

what treasures could be hidden in your attic?

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