Black-ground famille-rose bowl to highlight Alfred Beit Chinese ceramics sale



2015-06-26 13:29:07

Black-ground famille-rose bowl to highlight Alfred Beit Chinese ceramics sale

A black-ground famille-rose Yongzheng period Chinese bowl will sell in November

A black-ground famille-rose bowl bearing the mark of the Yongzheng period (1723-1735) is to lead a sale of fine Chinese ceramics consigned by the Alfred Beit foundation next month.

The bowl carries an estimate of 80,000-120,000 ($129,085-193,628) ahead of the November 6 auction at Sotheby's London.

It isextremely rare, with only one other example recorded, although a small number featuring similar designs exist.

Yongzheng Black Ground The black-ground famille-rose bowl is one of only two recorded examples

A rare-ground coral famille-verte bowl features a design of contrasting bands of peony blossoms on the interior and exterior of the bowl.

It dates to the same era and comes to auction with an identical estimate of 80,000-120,000 ($129,085-193,628).

A pair of famille-rose balsam pear bowls from the Qianlong period (1736-1795) are valued at 40,000-60,000 ($64,546-96,819) and feature a depiction of a butterfly amidst flowers and fruits.

Robert Bradlow, head of Sotheby's fine Chinese ceramics and works of art department in London, commented: "Sir Alfred Beit was a discerning collector with a marvellous eye for exquisite pieces of Chinese porcelain.

"It is a privilege for Sotheby's to offer this group of ceramics which come to auction with exceptional provenance.

"With a particular penchant for examples of 'famille-rose' and 'famille-verte' porcelain, Sir Alfred made considered choices when selecting objects for his collection, with the emphasis on quality and design."

In all the 20 ceramics assembled by collector and philanthropist Beit (1903-1994) are expected to make 300,000 ($484,066).

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