The sale of Masterpieces of Qing Imperial Porcelain From J.T. Tai & Co. comprises 13 lots and expected to bring in excess of HK$170 million/ US$22 million. The second part of the collection will be offered at Sotheby's New York during its Asia Week in March, 2011.
The imperial Chinese porcelains from the J.T. Tai Foundation features eight vases made during the peak period of imperial porcelain production under the Qianlong Emperor, one of China's greatest art lovers and imperial patrons, each of which boasts a collecting history in the West traceable to the 19th century.
Nicolas Chow, Sotheby's Deputy Chairman and International Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, said, "Our series of sales this season is the largest sale ever in our category both in terms of the sheer number and value of masterpieces of Chinese art that will be offered, as well as in the scope of periods and media. It spans some of the most exciting fields of Chinese art collecting today, from the finest imperial porcelain to the most impressive Qing historical works of art, and boasts five private collections all of which are fresh to the market. We are particularly proud to present a group of exceptionally fine enamelled porcelains of the Qianlong period from the collection of the celebrated dealer and collector J. T. Tai, which will no doubt attract interest from collectors all around the world."