12 May 1999
A famille rose egg-shell bowl
Qianlong four character mark, early 20th Century
The rounded sides painted with a continuous scene of the Eight Immortals with their various attributes and attendants around a gnarled pine-tree, between a ruyi-head foliate band to the rim, and a key fret-pattern border around the foot
13.3 cm. diam.
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G. Avitabile, From the Dragon's Treasure, pl. 196.
The designer and decorator shows us around his Santa Monica HQ, and enthuses over the forthcoming Rooms as Portraits auctions in London and New York
Chinese Works of Art specialist Olivia Hamilton reckons this pair of superb sculptures — around 1,300 years old — are ‘the finest I've seen come up for sale‘