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    RARE CHINESE TEAPOT SELLS FOR $3,490,000

    Thursday, September 15th, 2016
    The Famille Rose "Hui Mountain Retreat " Teapot and Cover.

    The Famille Rose “Hui Mountain Retreat ” Teapot and Cover.

    A rare Turquoise-Ground Famille-Rose ‘Hui Mountain Retreat’ Teapot and Cover sold for $3,490,000 over a top estimate of $500,000 at Sotheby’s Chinese art sales in New York.  The  Qianlong Seal Mark and Period teapot was chased by multiple clients in the room and on the telephone. Bidding began at $250,000 before quickly jumping to $1 million. This wonderful work of art, one of only two known, is an ode to Emperor Qianlong’s adoration of tea; the front features a figure, possibly the Qianlong Emperor, being served tea while admiring an open handscroll. The reverse is an imperial poem, entitled Jihuiquan peng zhulu ge (Brewing Tea by Hui Swing), written by the Emperor himself following a visit to the Hui Spring during his Southern Inspection Tour.

    This pair of Wucai and Doucai Dragon and Phoenix bowls sold for $874,000 over a top estimate of $80.000.

    This pair of Wucai and Doucai Dragon and Phoenix bowls sold for $874,000 over a top estimate of $80.000.

    Angela McAteer, Head of Sotheby’s Chinese Works of Art Department, New York noted: “The contest amongst more than ten bidders that pushed a 250 year-old teapot to $3.5 million reminded us of auction’s unique magic. The piece, having been enjoyed by an American collector for decades, was just one of a number of works that soared over pre-sale expectations after drawing bidding from determined collectors. As we saw throughout our two days of sales, the Chinese Art market remains robust, with major collectors deeply engaged in owning the finest examples of the country’s artist heritage.”

    Over the course of two days, Sotheby’s New York sales of Chinese Art brought a total of $14,748,350 – well over the $7.4/10.8 million estimate.

    THE LARGEST SEAL EVER USED BY QIANLONG AS EMPEROR SUPREME AT SOTHEBY’S

    Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

    THE largest seal ever used by Qianlong as Emperor Supreme will lead Sotheby’s Hong Kong Chinese Works of Art Autumn Sales 2016 in Hong Kong on October 5.  The Imperial Khotan-green Jade ‘Taishang Huangdi zhi Bao’ Seal is estimated at US10-15 million. On February 9, 1796 the Qianlong Emperor abdicated after 60 years on the throne and thus became Emperor Supreme. This massive jade seal celebrates his long and outstanding reign.  Other highlights include a unique Imperial Inscribed Documentary Cinnabar Laquered Wutong Qin not seen on the open market for over half a century, and an extremely rare pair of Pink-Ground Famille-Rose ‘Trompe L’oeil’ Jars and Covers. The series of six sales will offer close to 300 lots with a total estimate of approximately US$80 million.

    Nicolas Chow, Deputy Chairman, Sotheby’s Asia, International Head and Chairman, Chinese Works of Art, said: “This October we are proud to present a stunning array of material spanning from the dawn of Buddhist art in China in the 4th century to the culmination of material refinement at the Qing dynasty court in the 18th century. The selection includes private collections such as that of the celebrated Japanese connoisseur Sakamoto Gor? and Roger Keverne, one of the doyens of London’s art scene. Two extraordinary historical objects from the Qianlong period anchor the sale, one a superb zither made to his order in 1746, and the other a massive jade seal carved fifty years later marking his rise to the status of Emperor Supreme.”

    A massive Imperial Khotan jade Taishang Huangdi zhi Bao seal, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period (US$10-15 million)

    A massive Imperial Khotan jade Taishang Huangdi zhi Bao seal, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period (US$10-15 million)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR US$11,728,205

    The Dragon Emperor Seal

    The Dragon Emperor Seal

    An Imperial Inscribed documentary cinnabar lacquered Wuton Wood Qin (US$3.2-3.9 million)

    An Imperial Inscribed documentary cinnabar lacquered Wuton Wood Qin UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR US$7,133,333, a world auction record for a Qing musical instrument (estimate US$3.2-3.9 million)

    An exceptional and massive cabinet with Zitan carved dragon panels (US$3.9-5.2 million)

    An exceptional and massive cabinet with Zitan carved dragon panels (US$3.9-5.2 million)

    THE CREATIVITY OF QING CRAFTSMEN

    Friday, April 29th, 2016
    The large blue and white lotus bouquet dish.

    The large blue and white lotus bouquet dish.

    This large blue and white lotus bouquet dish at Sotheby’s sale of Important Chinese Art in London on May 11 embodies the creativity of Qing craftsmen.

    They combined contemporary elements with antiquity. The fine porcelain body and smooth glaze is typical of the Qianlong period. The lotus bouquet motif is inspired by the wares of the early Ming Dynasty.

    Dishes painted with a lotus bouquet were first revived under the Yongzheng Emperor who was keen to see historical pieces replicated as a reminder of the nations glorious past. By the Qianlong reign the style of painting of this motif was slightly altered and applied on dishes of various shapes and sizes of which this is the largest known type.  It is estimated at £60,000-80,000.

    The auction will feature jades, early ceramics and Chinese furniture.