Results | Collected in America: Chinese Ceramics from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Totals $13.7 Million, September 15-22, New York


New York

100% Sold for both Live and Online Auctions

Live Auction Realizes $12.1 million

Online Auction realizes $1.6 MILLION

New York - Christie’s dedicated sales of Collected in America: Chinese Ceramics from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, sold to benefit the acquisitions fund, realized a grand total of $13,745,562. The exhibition and auctions generated huge international interest driven by classic porcelains with exceptional provenance, with all 403 lots sold. The top lot for the live sale on September 15 was a very rare peachbloom-glazed 'three-string' vase, which sold for $2,045,000. The dedicated online auction, which concluded on September 22 realized $1,657,437. The top lot, a pair of large famille rose sgrafitto pink-ground jars, sold for $68,750, well above the presale estimate.

The selection represented a broad range of categories, including Song-dynasty Jun wares, blue-and-white porcelains from the Ming and Qing dynasties, and domestic and export wares from the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong periods. Highlights included a large group of porcelains from the museum’s first major acquisition of Asian art in 1879 from the collection of Samuel Putnam Avery, an early trustee; and refined Kangxi peachbloom-

glazed scholar’s vessels from the mid-20th-century collection of Mary Stillman Harkness, wife of Standard Oil heir Edward Stephen Harkness. Reflecting the tradition of cultural and civic patronage that has shaped The Met’s collection, other collectors associated with the sale include philanthropists Mary Clark Thompson, wife of banker Frederick Ferris Thompson, and John D. Rockefeller Jr., financier and son of legendary Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller Sr.

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