The five sales of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art set multiple records and achieved a combined total of HK$1.26 billion / US$161.5 million (estimated total: HK$750 million / US$96 million*). Top lot of the sale was an Important Blue and White Ewer from the Ming Dynasty, which sold for HK$18 million / US$2.3 million.
This collection features a wide spectrum of classical Ming porcelain, from a copper-red peony vase from the Hongwu period to blue-and-white pieces from the Yongle and Xuande periods and monochromes from the mid-Ming Dynasty. An elegant Hongwu period pear-shaped blue-and-white ewer represents the transition from the robust and dynamic style of the preceding Yuan period to the more refined style celebrated in early Ming Dynasty porcelains. The rarity of blue-and-white wares from this period has been attributed to the scarcity of imported cobalt as a result of strictly regulated foreign trade.
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