Thursday, November 08, 2007

Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at Christie's

Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at Christie's

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Ming blue and white flask, Yongle Period [1403-25]. Estimate: £150,000-200,000. Realised £1,140,500. © Christie's Images Ltd. 2007.


LONDON.- The Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art including Export Art sale realised £4,113,250 and was 92% sold by value at Christie’s. The top lot was Yongle (1403 - 1425), a very rare early Ming blue and white flask, Bianhu which realised £1,140,500.

Ruben Lien, Head of Sale stated, “We are extremely pleased with the excellent results of today's sale, which indicate a strong and buoyant market. In a packed sale room with spirited bidding from clients in the room, on the telephone and on the internet, competition was fierce across the board, with many pieces exceeding their pre-sale estimates. The top lot, an extremely rare 15th century blue and white ewer, sold for £1,140,500, multiples of its pre-sale estimate. The front cover, lot 180 - a pair of exquisite black and green-enamelled dishes, was bought by the eminent collector Mr. Robert Chang for £412,500. Jade carvings also performed extremely well, with many new clients bidding in the room. A small collection of jades from a Swiss family was the highlight of this category, with the top lot, the white jade dragon vase selling for £216,500. Strong results were also achieved in cloisonne enamels and Buddhist sculptures. We look forward to our sale of Chinese and Ceramic Works of Art at Christie’s South Kensington on Friday 9 November.”

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