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 a Qianlong Celadon-Glazed “Longevity” Ruyi-Handled Vase, which sold for HK$88.6 million / US$11.4 million, setting the World Auction Record for Qing Monochrome Porcelain.
The six pieces that make up this spectacular collection were collected in Kyoto before the
1930s and have not been seen on the market for over 80 years.
This magnificent vase illustrates the height of ceramics production at the Imperial kilns at Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, under the direction of China’s most famous superintendent,
Tang Ying (1682 – 1756). It is exceptional for its fine celadon glaze, rare form and attractive
relief design of one hundred shou (longevity) characters conveying an auspicious birthday message. Only one other companion piece appears to be recorded – a vase in the Baur Collection, Geneva. The theme of longevity is also seen on an exquisite pair of famille-rose ‘chrysanthemum’ dishes from the Yongzheng period. The flowers are believed to hold medicinal properties that can extend one’s life.
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