London – Christie’s Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art sale in London on 7 November achieved a total of £8,518,375 / €9,642,801 / $11,193,145 / HK$86,921,484. Leading the auction was an extremely rare pair of huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs, Quanyi, dating to the Ming dynasty, which sold for £908,750 / €1,028,705 / $1,194,098 / HK$9,272,883. Displaying the grace and finesse of Ming artistry, this pair are among eight known and published chairs of this design. Further highlights included a famille rose blue and white 'nine peaches' vase by Wang Bu (1898-1968), which realised £728,750 / €824,945 / $957,578 / HK$7,436,164 and a bronze ritual wine vessel and cover, You, early western Zhou dynasty (11th to 10th century BC), which sold for £608,750 against an estimate of £80,000 – 120,000. A 19th century smokey rock crystal figure of Amitabha (estimate: £8,000-12,000) achieved £428,750 / €485,345 / $563,378 / HK$4,374,964. The important archaic bronzes from the noted German collector and self-taught expert Michael Michaels was led by a late Shang dynasty (1600-1100 BC) bronze ritual wine vessel and cover which sold for £248,750. The vessel is cast to each side with a large taotie mask and the shoulder and foot are decorated with bands of stylised kui dragons.
Kate Hunt and Ivy Chan, Co-Heads of sale, Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, London: “We were pleased with the results of the Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art sale that saw highly competitive bidding from our Asian and Western collectors across many categories, including the archaic bronzes from The Michael Michael’s Collection of Early Chinese Art and for the Qing dynasty mark and period porcelain from the Property of a Nordic Collection. Individual highlights included our important pair of Ming dynasty 17th century huanghuali chairs that led the sale, a famille rose blue and white ‘nine peaches’ vase by Wang Bu (1898-1968), a rare and large bronze ceremonial bell, dated the sixth year of the Zhengde corresponding to 1512 and a Qi Baishi scroll (1863-1957), Peaches, from a Private European Collection.”
The next auctions in Christie’s Chinese Art calendar are the online sales Edo to Post-War: 500 Years of Japanese Art and Design, Exquisite Eye: Chinese Paintings Online and Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art Online. Christie’s Hong Kong Autumn sale season begins on 24 November 2017.
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*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.