Among the highlights of the spring Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale is a selection of Imperial porcelain vases. A rare pair of gold enameled archaistic vases imitating bronze hu vessels, produced for the Qianlong Emperor (r.173695) epitomizes the opulence of his reign. The pair of vases appears to be unique and no other examples are recorded. In a never-ending effort to delight him with the latest technological innovation, the potters of Jingdezhen engineered a whimsical 'robin's egg' and famille-rose revolving vase. Revolving vases are the most complex productions to have come out of the Imperial kilns and are extremely scarce even in the old Imperial collection in Beijing and Taipei.
The theme of archaism, which began in the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and continued through the Qing is reflected in the celadon 'archaistic' bottle vase, made for the Qianlong Emperor, which combines the motifs from Shang Dynasty (BC1600-1100) bronzes and the sublime celadon glaze of the Song Dynasty.
As always, the Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art sale in Hong Kong this spring will bring only the finest and rarest objects to the market. Through the many pieces of historical treasures we offer in this sale, collector can trace the splendors of the archaic Chinese art.