The Important Chinese Art sale on 11 May highlighted the continuing strength of the market for well-crafted and high quality object that are fresh to the market. Bidding was solid throughout the day and covered all categories to reflect the buoyancy of collecting, with many lots reaching several times their estimates. Leading the sale was an exceptionally rare carved cinnabar lacquer Yixing teapot, which fetched £257,000, nearly ten times its estimate.
The breadth of expertise of China’s craftsmen in various media throughout the ages is presented in our Important Chinese Art sale on 11 May. From robust bronze casting of the archaic period to exquisite gilt-bronze figures, and an array of ceramics and paintings to carvings from organic materials, 4500 years of Chinese material history is displayed. Included in the sale is a group of early ceramics from private Japanese collections, two private collections of jade carvings and a group of porcelain wares from the Joseph M. Morpurgo Collection.