RESULTS: Christie's Hong Kong Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Sale

Hong Kong

Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art  

Hong Kong – 30 May 2012 (Wednesday) 2:30pm – Sale no: 2915

Top Ten [All sold prices include buyer’s premium]


Sold:   HK$ 225,425,250

US$ 29,034,772

£ 18,507,413

€ 23,173,716

Lots Sold: 172 

Lots Offered: 271 

Sold by Lot: 63%

Sold by HK$: 74%

Exchange Rate: HK$1 = US0.1288 / £ 0.0821 / € 0.1028




Estimate (HK$)

Purchase Price




A magnificent large blue and white ‘Mandarin Ducks’ charger

Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368)

12,000,000 - 18,000,000

HK$ 29,220,000

US$ 3,763,536

£ 2,398,962

€ 3,003,816

Asian Trade


A fine emerald-green jadeite archaistic vessel and cover, fangding

Late Qing Dynasty

3,000,000 - 4,000,000

HK$ 16,900,000

US$ 2,176,720

£ 1,387,490

€ 1,737,320

Asian Trade


A fine and rare huanghuali four-poster canopy bed Jiazichuang

Late Ming/Early Qing Dynasty, 17TH Century 


2,200,000 - 2,800,000

HK$ 9,844,000

US$ 1,267,907

£ 808,192

€ 1,011,963

Asian Private


A fine and rare carved jadeite archaistic wine cup, jue

Late Qing Dynasty-Early 20TH Century

1,800,00 - 2,200,000

HK$ 9,020,000

US$ 1,161,776

£ 740,542


Asian Trade


A fine incised ding ware lotus bowl

Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127)

2,000,000 - 3,000,000

HK$ 8,420,000

US$ 1,084,496

£ 691,282

€ 865,576

Asian Private


A rare huanghuali waistless daybed, ta,

Late Ming Dynasty, 17TH Century

2,000,000 - 3,000,000

HK$ 8,300,000

US$ 1,069,040

£ 681,430


Asian Private


An important and rare large wucai fish jar

Jiajing six-character mark and of the period (1522-1566)


5,000,000 - 7,000,000


HK$ 7,820,000

US$ 1,007,216

£ 642,022

€ 803,896

Asian Private


A rare raft-form rhinoceros horn pouring waterdropper

Kangxi Period (1662-1722)

4,000,000 - 6,000,000

HK$ 5,540,000

US$ 713,552

£ 454,834


Asian Private


A rare archaic bronze tripod censer, ding

Late Shang Dynasty (1600-1100 BC)

2,800,000 - 4,000,000

HK$ 4,580,000

US$ 589,904

£ 376,018

€ 470,824

Asian Private


A finely carved ‘scholars’ rhinoceros horn libation cup

Ming Dynasty, Early 17th Century

1,500,000 - 2,500,000

HK$ 4,220,000

US$ 543,536

£ 346,462


Asian Trade


A finely carved jadeite belt hook

Late Qing Dynasty


HK$ 4,220,000

US$ 543,536

£ 346,462


Asian Trade










































Hong Kong - The three sales of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art this season realized HK$509,866,500 (US$65,670,805) with an overall sold rate of 70% by lot and 80% by value and demonstrated the strength of the market for works of superlative quality and provenance.

Pola Antebi, Specialist Head of Department, said “The May 30th sale, Masterpieces of the Enameller’s Art from the Mandel Collection, marked the first time an international auction house held a single-owner sale of cloisonné enamel in Asia. The sale exceeded its pre-sale estimate and realized in excess of HK$65,270,000 (US$8,406,776) with an overall sold rate of 91%, confirming Christie’s place as market leader for the Chinese works of art category. Of the total lots sold, 76% sold for over their high estimate. The success of the sale is indicative of Christie’s renowned international expertise and ability to effectively market a private single-owner collection to a relatively new group of collectors to the category. Leading the sale was a magnificent and rare pair of cloisonné enamel figures of caparisoned elephants dating to the Qianlong period (1736-1795), alleged to have come from the collection of Winston Churchill and later from those of Aristotle Onassis and Maria Callas. Fresh to the market, this extraordinary single-owner collection demonstrates the great potential of the collecting market for this category.


Among the highlights of The Imperial Sale and Important Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art sale was an exceptionally rare blue and white charger from the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368), reputed to have been in Japan since the 17th century and never before seen on the international market.  This unusual and finely painted charger achieved the highest price of the sale at HK$29,220,000 (US$3,763,536), exceeding its pre-sale estimate. Also of note was the rare celadon-glazed archaistic vase or hu from the Qianlong period (1736-1795), said to have been from the collection of Zai Zhen (1876-1948), the great, great grandson of the Qianlong Emperor, who initially gifted the vase to the imperial court in Japan. This vase decorated with archaistic motifs was sold for HK$28,660,000 (US$3,691,408).


The jades and jadeites in the two sales also performed particularly well. A magnificent pair of white jade “boys” table screens of the Qianlong period from the collection of Sir John Buchanan Jardine sold for HK$15,220,000 (US$1,960,336). An emerald-green jadeite archaistic vessel and cover of the late Qing dynasty from an American private collection dating back to the early 20th century sold for HK$16,900,000 (US$2,176,720) against an estimate of HK$3,000,000-4,000,000 (US$386,400-515,200), demonstrating once again that the finest works with solid provenance achieved outstanding results.”


Images can be downloaded here: 

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To view the full auction results:

Masterpieces of The Enameller’s Art from The Mandel Collection (Sale 2916)

The Imperial Sale (Sale 2913)

Important Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art (Sale 2915)


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