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  • 12 May 2017

MEDIA ALERT: Christie's Chinese Sales in London, May 2017, Total £21,756,750

A Rare & Important Pair of Qianlong Vases Lead The Sales

London – Christie’s Chinese auctions in London on 9 to 12 May achieved a combined total of £21,756,750 (HK$217,985,105 / US$28,139,435 / €25,757,692).

The top lot of the week was a magnificent pair of famille rose 'butterfly' double-gourd vases, which sold for £14,725,000 (HK$147,588,675) at Christie’s King Street saleroom on 9 May. This is the very first time that a pair of these Qianlong vases has been offered; only four other single vases of this type have been sold at auction to date. This important pair of 18th century vases were made for the court of the Qianlong Emperor and his reign mark is painted on the bases. A highlight of the South Kensington sale was a pair of exceptional and rare porcelain seals signed by the famous Republican porcelain painter He Xuren (1882-1940). The seals realised a price of £221,000 (HK$2,207,127) against an estimate of £30,000-50,000.

The next auctions in Christie’s Chinese Art calendar are the online sales Exquisite Eye: Chinese Paintings Online and Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art Online, both opening for bidding on 22 May 2017 at Christie’s Hong Kong spring sales season begins on 26 May 2017.

Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
9 May
Christie’s King Street

Total: £19,456,750 / HK$195,015,005

A magnificent pair of famille rose 'butterfly' double-gourd vases
Qianlong six-character seal marks in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795)
Estimate on request
Price realised: £14,725,000

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Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles
12 May
Christie’s South Kensington

Total: £2,300,000/ HK$22,970,100

TOP LOT: 316
A carved aloeswood export 'curiosity' mirror
19th century
Estimate: £15,000-25,000
Price realised: £269,000

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About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in 2017 that totalled £5.1 billion / $6.6 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.