Find out how the designs of historical masterpieces inspired Chinese porcelain production under the Qianlong Emperor. This magnificent moonflask illustrates the pursuit of innovation and is a highlight of our upcoming sale Important Chinese Art (16 May, London).
Across six exciting days of sales, Sotheby’s Hong Kong realized the outstanding total of HK$3.64 billion ($466.5 million), a historic result for Sotheby’s and for the art market in Asia. “Our success this week is the product of more than four decades of investment in Asia,” said Patti Wong, Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia. From two exceptional sets of Ming dynasty Imperial Sutras and a magnificent enamelled pink-ground falangcai bowl to Sotheby’s most ambitious offering of Western art in Asia, the spectacular week of sales confirmed the strength of this thriving market. Click ahead for the highlights. For more information, please visit sothebys.com/hk.
Thrown and fired at the Imperial kilns and painted at the Forbidden City's workshops, this gold-pink falangcai bowl is among the very finest enamelled porcelains made for the personal use of the Kangxi emperor. Once belonging to celebrated collector Henry M. Knight and not seen on the market for over thirty years, it is a highlight of Sotheby’s upcoming sale Imperial Alchemy The H.M. Knight Falangcai Bowl (3 April, Hong Kong).
Discover the otherworldly delights of the most important Chinese manuscript ever to appear at auction. Inscribed with the word of the Buddha in liquid gold on ‘goat-brain’ covered ritual paper, this historical relic is a highlight of Sotheby’s upcoming sale The Lost Widsom Sutra - A Treasure from the Golden Age of Xuande (3 April, Hong Kong).
Spanning 70 million years, check out the contents of our latest cabinet of curiosities. This mysterious film, shot on Super-8 by our curator and deputy chairman Nicolas Chow, features masterpieces from cultures and civilisations featuring in our upcoming Curiosity IV auction (2 April, Hong Kong).
Inscribed with poems written by the Qianlong Emperor, this highly important handscroll depicts ten landscapes by the emperor’s favourite artist Qian Weicheng. Recently rediscovered after a hundred years, the scroll was originally kept in the Forbidden City and handed down until the Last Emperor Puyi in the 1920s. ‘Ten Auspicious Landscapes of Taishan’ is a highlight of Sotheby’s upcoming sales in Hong Kong.
New York – Sotheby’s is privileged to present for auction a selection of ceramics and works of art collected in China during the late Qing period, to be sold in three sales across Asia Week: MING: Luminous Dawn of Empire, Important Chinese Art and Saturday at Sotheby’s: Asian Art.
Renowned figures in the fields of art and design, Gerson and Judith Leiber have spent their lives surrounded by beautiful art and objects. Their collection of Chinese works of art will be offered during Asia Week in New York on 20 March 2018.
There was a glorious moment during the Kangxi reign (1662-1772) when, through a fortuitous confluence of extraordinary events, the porcelain artisans of Jingdezhen broke new ground not only technologically but aesthetically as well. Ahead of the upcoming sale of 91 pieces of Kangxi period porcelains from the Jie Rui Tang Collection, please click through to take look at a particular group of narrative porcelains and some of their supporting characters in large scenes. KANGXI: The Jie Rui Tang Collection 20 March | New York
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