RESULTS: For the Enjoyment of Scholars: Selections from the Robert H. Blumenfield Collection

New York

For the Enjoyment of Scholars: Selections from the Robert H. Blumenfield Collection

New York – March 25, 2010

Sale no: 2391– Top Ten

[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]





Lots Sold: 111

Lots Offered:157

Sold by Lot: 71%

Sold by $: 94%

Exchange Rate: £ = $1.49 /  € = $1.33




Estimate ($)

Purchase Price



 Yu Zhiding, Happiness through Chan Practice: Portrait of Wang Shizhen, Handscroll, ink and color on silk



$3,442,500£2,310,402 €2,588,345

Asian Private


A Rare Imperial Engraved Turned Ivory Bowl, 18th Century


30,000 - 50,000

$842,500£565,436 €633,458

Asian Private


 A Very Rare Mother-Of-Pearl-Inlaid Black Lacquered Porcelain Brush Pot, Kangxi Period (1662-1722)

80,000 - 120,000

$662,500£444,630 €498,120

Asian Trade


A Very Rare Rhinoceros Horn Cup 17th/Early 18th Century

200,000 - 300,000

$578,500£388,255 €434,962

Asian Private


A Finely Carved Rhinoceros Horn Lotus-Form Cup, 17th/18th Century

50,000 - 70,000

$542,500£364,093 €407,894

Asian Private


 A Very Rare Imperial Songhua Stone Inkstone, Box and Cover Qianlong Nianzhi Four-Character Mark and of the Period (1736-1795)

250,000 - 280,000

$386,500£259,395 €290,601

Littleton & Hennessy Asian Art


An Unusual Archaistic Rhinoceros Horn Cup, 17th/18th Century

40,000 - 60,000

$338,500£227,181  €254,511

Asian Private


 A Very Rare Inscribed Rhinoceros Horn Cup, 17th Century

120,000 - 180,000

$314,500£211,073 €236,466

Asian Private


An Extremely Rare Rhinoceros Horn Cup, 17th/18th Century

60,000 - 80,000

$290,500£194,966 €218,421

Asian Private


 An Unusual Rhinoceros Horn Lily-Form Cup, 17th Century

40,000 - 50,000

$266,500£178,859 €200,375

Asian Private


Tina Zonars, International Director of Chinese Works of Art said: “We are delighted that the extraordinary collection of scholar’s objects from Robert H. Blumenfield was so well received by international buyers in the room, on the phone and on Christie's LIVE™ who appreciated the beauty and rarity of pieces lovingly assembled with passion and connoisseurship over a period of more than 30 years.  Exceedingly strong prices were achieved especially for rhinoceros and ivory carvings; indeed the price realized for the rare imperial engraved ivory bowl was a record for an ivory carving in the U.S.  In addition, a handscroll by Yu Zhiding set a new auction record for a Classical Chinese painting sold in the U.S., achieving $3,442,500.  We are very pleased with the results, which totaled $13,866,500, more than doubling the pre-sale high estimate. 

Press Contact:

Sung-Hee Park, 212 636 2680,

Date and Location of Next Sale:

Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 26 March 2010

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