Our sale of Important Chinese Art on May 10 generated £5.4 million in sales, exceeding its high estimate of £4.1 million and yielding an 84% sell through rate by value.
Clients flocked to view the magnificent and exceptionally rare large carved lacquer dish from the late Yuan/early Ming period, which achieved £1.57 million against an estimate of £400,000-600,000. Further highlights include a fine white jade ‘ruyi’ sceptre, which generated intense bidding before selling for £452,750 against an estimate of £40,000-60,000; and a pair of doucai ‘Ming-style’ jars, sold for £206,250 against an estimate of £20,000-30,000.
Following an outstanding year in Chinese art, our Important Chinese Art auction on 10 May showcases a selection of notable Chinese ceramics and works of art across the disciplines of imperial porcelain, lacquer, jade and Buddhist sculpture. Skilfully crafted and spanning China's long and rich history, they offer a glimpse into the technology and evolving tastes of both the imperial court of China and international markets.
Leading the sale is an exceptionally rare and large carved cinnabar lacquer dish from the late Yuan/early Ming period. It boasts an enviable provenance, having belonged in distinguished collections including that of Sir Percival and Lady David and Percy D. Krolik, and included in the Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition The Arts of the Ming Dynasty in 1957.
Offered alongside this sale is Menagerie, a delightful private collection of animals, from creatures of the sea and sky to domesticated animals and mythological beasts, skilfully modelled from a variety of media.