Rare Chinese artworks bring impressive results at Bonhams



2015-12-08 13:25:20

Rare Chinese artworks from several important collections have helped Bonhams to an impressive result in Hong Kong.

The company's three dedicated sales brought a combined total of £6.4 million ($9.57 million), with numerous treasures far exceeding their estimates.

“We were delighted with the exceptional prices achieved in our recent Hong Kong series of sales for many of the Chinese Imperial objects on offer, proving that objects of great rarity, quality and fresh to the market, continue to defy the challenging economic times," said Asaph Hyman, Bonhams International Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art.

"The curated sale allowed important buyers to focus on the remarkable ceramics and works of art, resulting in very strong prices for the finest objects, most notably the exceptionally rare imperial celadon-glazed olive-shaped vase, Yongzheng seal mark and period (1723-1735) and the very rare finely-inlaid ‘hundred-deer’ zitan box and cover, Kangxi.”

The rare Imperial celadon-glazed olive-shaped vase, created at the Imperial kilns in Jingdezen during the reign of the Yongzheng Emperor, was offered with an estimate of £260,000-£430,000. However, the historical importance of the piece saw bidding soar to a final price of £1,500,000 ($2.24 million).

The ‘hundred-deer’ zitan box and cover was similarly sought-after, achieving a price of £730,000 ($1.09 million) against an estimate of £300,000-£400,000.

Further leading lots from the Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Sale included a rare Qianlong Imperial guan-type ‘fish basket’ vessel which sold for £525,000; and a Qianlong Imperial puce-enamelled blue and white ‘dragon’ moonflask which tripled its estimate to bring £490,000.

The Exceptional Chinese Art from a European Private Collection Sale included highlights such as a Yongzheng Imperial flambé-glazed ‘Eight Trigrams’ moonflask which sold for £375,000, and a small Yongzheng copper-red-glazed waterpot which realized £145,000.

The third sale, entitled Imperial Splendour, was led by a rare pair of Qianlong Imperial champlevé openwork garden seats which sold for £170,000, and a rare and large Qianlong archaistic gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel vase which fetched £140,000.

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