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    Nicholas Chow, deputy chairman of Sotheby's Asia with the Yongle Moonflask.

    Nicholas Chow, deputy chairman of Sotheby’s Asia with the Yongle Moonflask.

    Whatever you do don’t drop it.  Sotheby’s Nicholas Chow holds the Pilkington Yongle Moonflask which has just sold for US$14.2 million at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. The Pilkington Collection of Chinese Art made a total of US$64.5 million on the fifth day of Sotheby’s Hong Kong spring sales, far exceeding the pre-sale high estimate of US$28.5 million.  The early 15th century blue and white moon flask, inspired in shape and decoration by Middle Eastern models, was the top lot in a sale which achieved spectacular results. The complex geometric design had no precedent in Chinese art. It had had a pre-sale high estimate of $4.5 million.   A blue and white Yongle holy water vessel sold for US$12.7 million.

    Roger Pilkington

    Roger Pilkington

    Spanning 1,000 years of Chinese porcelain production the Pilkington Collection includes rare pieces from the Song, Ming and Qing dynasties.  Around 100 lots came under the hammer. The collection was assembled in the 1950’s and ’60’s by the late Roger Pilkington of the Lancashire glassmaking family.

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