The Chinese porcelain collection known by the poetic name Meiyingtang (Hall among Rose Beds) is one of the finest and most impressive in private hands. This third sale dedicated to the collection again makes available a phenomenal range of rare imperial works from the kilns at Jingdezhen, China’s first and foremost porcelain manufacturing centre. Covering imperial porcelains from all major reigns, it includes some of the protagonists of the Yuan (1279-1368), many of the mature masterpieces of the Ming (1368-1644), and a great variety of sophisticated gems of the Qing (1644-1911) dynasty. One of the most spectacular pieces is the majestic (nearly 60 cm wide) charger of the Yongle period (1403-24), a unique example that is masterfully painted with a long-tailed bird swooping down form a branch laden with lychees to catch an insect. Such freely executed brush paintings, with their careful shading of the cobalt blue, here used particularly for the bird’s plumage, and of course the sheer size of vessel, reflect China’s blue-and-white porcelain production at its greatest moment.
Hall 5, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (New Wing), 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
The sale achieved HK$307 million / US$39.4 million (est. HK$267 – 403 million / US$34.2 – 51.7 million*). The sale was 75% sold by lot and 73.4% sold by value. The top lot was A Blue-And-White Anhua Stembowl With Dragons Among Waves which sold for HK$112.7 million / US$14.4 million (est.HK$50 - 80 million / US$6.4 - 10.3 milion*).
*Pre-sale estimates do not include buyer's premium
The guarantee line text should read: A 'ROBIN'S-EGG' BLUE LANTERN VASE, INCISED SEAL MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG
Additional Provenance: Alam-Gir, 1661-2.
Additional Information: The flask bears a Persian inscription in Arabic script enclosed in a shaped cartouche, incised after firing, reading 'Alam-Gir Shahi [Belonging to 'Alam-Gir], as well as the date 1072 AH, corresponding to AD 1661-2. Alam-Gir was the imperial title of Aurangzeb, the sixth Mughal Emperor of India, who ruled from AD 1658 to 1707.