Meiyintang, the 'hall among Rose Beds', is home to one of the world's finest and most comprehensive, private collections of Chinese ceramics - a collection most museums can only dream of. It is a collection that has been put together over more than half a century. Sotheby's has the unique opportunity to offer a select group of fine imperial porcelains from the later reigns, the Yuan (1279-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties from this collection in Hong Kong this April.
The Meiyintang porcelains include famous pieces, unique items and rare categories that have largely disappeared from the market, as well as classics that exemplify a period or style - all rarely available to collectors today. The style of the collection and the taste of the collector have remained very consistent throughout the years. There is a timeless and delicate beauty in many of the Meiyintang objects that has to be appreciated from close up. The subtlety and quality of the pieces speak for themselves.
In recent years, there has not been any Chinese porcelain collection of this significance on the market. This spring, the Meiyintang Collection will definitely bring new sights to porcelain collectors, as well as give new definitions and standards to connoisseurship.
There were some remarkable prices during the evening sale of The Meiyintang Collection, including An Exquisite Blue and White ‘Fish Pond’ Brush Washer, Mark and Period of Xuande, which sold for HK$51,060,000 / US$6,568,358, and An Outstanding Underglaze-Red ‘Chrysanthemum’ Dish, Ming Dynasty, Hongwu Period, which sold for HK$40,980,000 / US$5,271,667, and twelve lots sold for more than HK$10 million, there twelve lots sold for more than HK$10 million was guarded bidding on some of the top lots.