RESULTS: Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

New York

Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

 New York – March 26, 2010

Sale no: 2297 – Top Ten

[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]





Lots Sold:  322

Lots Offered: 372

Sold by Lot: 87%

Sold by $: 90%

Exchange Rate: £ = $1.48 /  € = $1.34




Estimate ($)

Purchase Price



A Rare Large White Jade Figure of Buddha, 18th/19th Century

150,000 - 200,000

$2,322,500£1,569,257 €1,733,209

Asian Private


A Rare Imperial Gilt-Decorated Zitan Throne Chair

200,000 - 300,000

$1,022,500£690,878 €763,060

Asian Private


A Magnificent and Very Rare White Jade Peach-Form Brush Washer, Qianlong Period (1736-1795)

250,000 - 350,000

$902,500£609,797 €673,507

Asian Private


A White Jade Ruyi Sceptre, 18th/19th Century

25,000 - 35,000

$542,500£366,554 €404,851

Asian Private


A Finely Carved White Jade Archaistic Censer and Cover, 18th/19th Century

150,000 - 180,000

$482,500£326,014 €360,075

Asian Private


A Large Greenish-Grey Jade Dragon Seal, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

20,000 - 30,000

$434,500£293,581 €324,254

Littleton & Hennessy Asian Art


A Rare Translucent Pale Greenish-White Jade Circular Cup Stand, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

10,000 - 15,000

$422,500£285,473 €315,299

Asian Private


A Rare Pair of Hardstone and Glass-Inlaid Gilt-Bronze Phoenix-Form Candle Holders, Qianlong Period (1736-1795) 

200,000 - 300,000

$386,500£261,149 €288,433

Asian Trade


An Unusual Zitan Corner-Leg Partner’s Desk

40,000 - 60,000

$386,500£261,149 €288,433

Asian Trade


A Rare Bronze Ritual Food Vessel, Gui,   Early Western Zhou Dynasty, Late 11th-Early 10th Century B.C.

100,000 - 150,000

$386,500£261,149 €288,433

Asian Private


Michael Bass and Christopher Engle, Specialists, Chinese Works of Art Department, New York, said: “We are exceptionally pleased with the enthusiastic bidding in the room, on the phone and on Christie's LIVE™ across all categories.  The outstanding results reflect the continuing demand for fine Chinese works of art in all media.  One of the highlights of today’s sale was the magnificent white jade Buddha from the collection of Stephen Junkunc III, which realized $2.3 million.  The extremely rare imperial zitan throne from the collection of Philip Wood also attracted bidders from across the globe and soared to a price over a million dollars, making it the most valuable piece of classical Chinese furniture sold this season.  The combined results of For the Enjoyment of Scholars: Selections from the Robert H. Blumenfield Collection, Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, and Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art totaled $40 million, the highest total ever achieved for Chinese Works of Art sales at Christies New York. We look forward to the continued strength in the Chinese art market and for our sales in the forthcoming season.”

Press Contact:

Sung-Hee Park, 212 636 2680,

Date and Location of Next Sale:

London- May 11, 2010

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