Dr. Tao Wang, Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at Sotheby’s New York said: “This was an extraordinary week in New York. Time and time again, we saw multiple bidders – sometimes as many as ten on a single lot - drive prices for the very best Chinese Works of Art far over the estimates. Collectors both in China and elsewhere continue to seek pieces that have been hidden in private collections, such as the Barbed Rim Dish which has never appeared on the market and went on to sell for $4.2 million. The other story this week was the ever-growing appeal of Archaic Bronzes such as those in our special auction, and the distinguished Tian Mian Fu Yi Jiao which fetched $2.4 million.”
Sotheby’s is delighted to present a group of significant archaic bronze vessels from the Shang and Zhou dynasties, together with a handscroll of rubbings taken from actual bronzes that were once in the collection of the celebrated collector Wu Dacheng (1835-1902). It is very rare for such a scroll to appear at auction, and several of the bronzes came from famous Chinese collectors of the 18th-19th centuries. These bronzes have been recorded in various publications, and fortuitously, one of the bronzes ‘Ji Zu Yi Zun’, on the Jijintu scroll, will also be offered in the sale.
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