World's greatest private Chinese porcelain collection to sell at Sotheby's

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2016-01-15 12:25:10

Sotheby's are set to sell one of the world's greatest private collections of Chinese porcelain, valued at more than $28 million.

The Pilkington Collection, assembled by British collector Roger Pilkington during the mid-20th century, features approximately 100 lots spanning 1,000 years of Chinese porcelain production.

"The Pilkington Collection contains extraordinarily rare items, of a kind seldom seen together on the market," said Nicolas Chow, Deputy Chairman, Sotheby’s Asia, International Head and Chairman, Chinese Works of Art.

"This time capsule captures a seminal moment in the history of collecting when connoisseurship in the field reached new heights of sophistication, and when collectors’ appetites for the very best were serviced by a handful of brilliant dealers.

"The sale is a rare opportunity for today’s collectors to discover exquisite treasures assembled by one of the most discerning and exacting eyes in the history of collecting Chinese ceramics. We expect to see enormous enthusiasm for this landmark collection."

Leading the collection is a remarkably rare and important Chenghua Blue and White ‘Palace Bowl’. Porcelain from the Chenghua period of the late-15th century holds an almost mythical status amongst collectors, with many of the world's greatest collections unable to acquire pieces, and the bowl offered at Sotheby's is expected to sell for $5.7-$8.6 million.

Dating from the Yongle period of the early 15th century is another standout piece, a magnificent and rare Blue and White Ritual Holy Water Vessel. Described as "a highly unusual vessel which represents a tour-de-force for a potter", the vessel has just two companion pieces in the world - one of which is housed in the Palace Museum, Beijing.

Having also been treasured by the later Qianlong Emperor in the 18th century, this revered vessel comes with an estimate of $4.3-$5.7 million.

Further important lots amongst an important collection include a Yongle period Blue and White Moonflask estimated at $2.8-$4.3 million; a Celadon Jade Brushwasher from the Qianlong period, valued at $143,500-$258,200; and an extremely rare Northern Song dynasty holy water bottle known as The Yaozhou Kundika, made during the 11th/12th century, estimated at $57,380-$86,000.

The Pilkington Collection sale takes place at Sotheby's in Hong Kong on April 6.

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