Rare Devotional Figures, Early Ceramics from the Rui Xiu Lou Collection and other Important Chinese Works of Art

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Headlined by the magnificent early ceramics from the Rui Xiu Lou collection, the upcoming auction of Important Chinese Art in London on 15 May encompasses a carefully curated selection of works of art. From notable imperial porcelain, rare gilt-bronze to fine lacquer carving and classical furniture, the sale showcases China’s long and rich history of remarkable craftsmanship.

Rare Devotional Figures, Early Ceramics from the Rui Xiu Lou Collection and other Important Chinese Works of Art

  • An Extremely Rare ‘Jun’ Foliate-Rim Vase, Northern Song/Jin Dynasty, Estimate £500,000-700,000
    This flamboyant and extremely rare vase from the Rui Xiu Lou collection, the shape which combines concave, convex and conical outlines and terminates in a dramatic opening, is one of the most complex and memorable forms created by the Jun kilns prior to the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368).
  • A Rare ‘Jizhou’ ‘Plum Blossom Deer’ Meiping, Southern Song Dynasty, Estimate £200,000-300,000
    Vases, such as the present example from the Rui Xiu Lou collection, covered in this highly unusual and attractive glaze reminiscent of the spotted pattern of the fur of deer, attest to the creative inventiveness of the potters of the Jizhou kilns in Jiangxi province, who took inspiration from nature to achieve incredibly naturalistic effects which appealed to the predilections of the Southern Song literati.
  • A Large Marbled Meiping, Five Dynasties – Song Dynasty, Estimate £100,000–150,000
    Elegantly modelled with gently swelling shoulders and a slightly flared foot, this vase from the Rui Xiu Lou collection is striking for its impressive large and straight size which would have required the utmost precision and control in the potting and firing process as the vessel could easily have warped and misfired in the kiln. The potter’s utmost proficiency of the medium is further evidenced in the vibrant marbled effect which was skilfully executed to create a highly captivating abstract motif.
  • A Purple-Splashed ‘Jun’ Bubble Bowl, Northern Song Dynasty, Estimate: £40,000-60,000
    Another highlight from the Rui Xiu Lou collection, this striking bowl, potted and glazed to sit effortlessly in the hand, epitomises the aesthetic and literati spirit of the Song dynasty (960-1279).
  • Two Very Rare Gilt-Copper Alloy Figures From A Set of Eight Asvapati, The Equestrian Retinue of Vaishravana, Tibet, 15th Century, Estimate £150,000-250,000
    The deities represent two of the Eight Lords of the Horse, ashvapati, in the retinue of Vaishravana, the god of wealth and good fortune and protector of Buddhist teachings. Each carries a mongoose, Vaishravana’s principal attribute, symbolising prosperity and generosity. Vaishravana retinue deities are generally perceived as equestrian warrior lords riding through cloud filled skies, indicated here by the clouds beneath the horses’ hooves.
  • A Fine and Very Large Blue and White ‘Lotus’ Meiping, Wanli Mark and Period, Estimate £30,000-50,000
    Sturdily potted and densely painted with leafy scrolling lotus blooms around the body, the present vessel belongs to a select group of large meiping produced during the Wanli reign (r. 1573-1620).
  • A Rare Carved Cinnabar Lacquer Boat-Shaped Incense Box, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, Estimate £40,000-60,000
    Revealing the Qianlong Emperor’s taste for opulence and his passion for unusual playthings, this exquisite lacquer model of a boat is remarkable for its intricate carving and playful moveable elements.
  • A Ru-Type Censer, Qianlong Seal Mark and Period, Estimate £40,000-60,000
    The present vessel displays not only the high level of techniques of potters working at the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen during the Qianlong period, but also captures the emperor’s penchant for celebrated wares of the Song dynasty. While the elegant crackled glaze on this censer was developed in imitation of the celebrated glazes made at the Ru kilns in Ruzhou, modern Baofeng county, Henan province, during the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127), the form of this censer, which is commonly referred to as yu lou (“fish basket”), appears to be a Yongzheng period innovation.
  • A Rare Huanghuali Altar Table, Qiaotouan, Qing Dynasty, Early 18th Century, Estimate £80,000-120,000.
    Fashioned from huanghuali boards of a warm brown tone and with a lively grain pattern, this table is remarkable for the elegant carved panels between the legs and the delicate and fluid rendering of the ruyi spandrels, accentuated by the finely beaded borders. Its construction, generally classified as Fujian style, is particularly unusual and exemplifies the variety of regional styles that developed in the late Ming (1368-1644) and early Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.
  • A Good Huanghuali Horseshoe-Back Armchair, Quanyi, Late 16th/Early 17th Century, Estimate £80,000-120,000.
    Chairs of this elegant design are strikingly modern in their seeming simplicity. The fluidity of their form, achieved through the continuous curved crest rail that functions as both a back and an arm rest, has ensured the continued popularity of this design.

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