Song Dynasty Ru Brush Washer Sells For $37.7 Million

The dish, which has a diameter of just 13cm and would have been used to clean brushes, has a glowing, intense blue-green glaze and ‘ice crackle’ pattern.

It was offered by Sotheby’s with a guide price of £10 million ($13.24 million), but there was a fierce 20-minute bidding war and the dish eventually sold to an anonymous bidder for £28 million ($37.7 million).

The bowl’s buyer has chosen to remain anonymous.

Bidding began at around $10.2m, and the winning offer – from a phone bidder – was greeted with a round of applause.

Nicolas Chow, deputy chairman of Sotheby’s Asia, commented: ‘It’s a totally new benchmark for Chinese ceramics and we’ve made history with this piece today,’

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£230,000 For Yongzheng Ming Style Dish

A Yongzheng (1723-35) mark and period 13inch dish just sold at Hansons auction for £230,000.

Bought by businessman Alexander Robertson in the early 20th Century, the plate had been valued at £20,000 on the Antiques Roadshow in the 1990s, but remained on display in an ornamental holder for many years.

A replica of the plate is currently on display in the National Museum of China, which is believed to have driven up the price and led to a record 19 phone lines booked by bidders.

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£500 Estimate – Sells For £4 Million – Qianlong?

Apparently it was a Chinese amateur what ever that means that bought the vase. The auctioneer at the Geneve-Encheres auction house said the age of the vase was difficult to evaluate accurately and that they tended to be conservative in their estimates.

According to the catalogue, the vase, which is 60cm tall and depicts three blue dragons on a yellow background, is from the 20th century but it bears an unverified mark from the 18th century Qianlong era.

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How To Identify Antique Chinese Porcelain Through Symbolism

Unless you have been around Chinese antique porcelain for a number of years then simply identifying a piece as Chinese & not Japanese can be confusing.

I can not tell you how to identify Chinese porcelain pieces with a 100% accuracy via this article but I can show you certain traits & symbolism commonly used on Chinese porcelain that will hopefully help you identify or understand the meaning of symbols used in Chinese porcelain production.

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How To Tell If A Chinese Vase Is Valuable

So how do you tell if a Chinese vase is valuable?

You cant really! Unless you have years of experience buying, selling, studying & collecting. There are just way too many factors to be taken into consideration such as:

  • Age
  • Decoration
  • Period
  • Artist
  • Palette
  • Shape
  • What Kiln

The list goes on.

Another factor to take into consideration is the fact that there is no price discovery mechanism when it comes to Chinese antique porcelain, meaning a vase may sell today for $1000 but a month later that same or similar vase could sell for $5000 or even $10,000 so its virtually impossible to put an accurate price on a piece in a market so erratic.

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Ming style vase badly damaged makes 150k at auction in UK

Standing 55cm high, the bottle shaped vase attracted global interest when it went under the hammer at Halls’ country house auction.

A vase that had been stored away in a warehouse for years has sold at auction for a whopping £150,000.

The vase, which had suffered significant damage to its rim, was discovered by Alexander Clement, Halls’ Asian art specialist, during a visit to the Southport area.

“We are delighted with the result,” said Mr Clement, “it’s a privilege to be able to sell something so incredibly rare. The Asian buyer accommodated the damage because of its rarity and quality and gave it a really strong price.

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Lot 128 Estimate On Request At Gianguan

Collections can be viewed now at www.gianguanacutions.com. In-gallery preview opens Friday, March 3rd at Gianguan Auctions’ mid-town gallery, 39 W. 56th Street. The sale is Saturday, March 11th, starting at 10 a.m., the first weekend of Asia Week.

Lot 128–a black glazed bottle-neck vase of the Qing Dynasty elaborately enameled with gilt wire outlines on a field of Famille rose. Six Buddhist lions, florals and acanthus leaves are set off by a gilt key-fret rim. The blue reign mark and the Qianlong six-character mark are on its base. The estimate is “by request”.

Chinese General & Princess Tomb Filled With Figurines

Photo courtesy Chinese Cultural Relics

The tomb of a general and his princess wife buried on March 18, in the year 564, has been discovered in China.

Found tomb containing skeletons of General Zhao Xin and Princess Neé Liu.

The princess was the daughter of the Cong Ming King from the Northern Qi Dynasty, which existed for just 27 years and was one of the shortest and mysterious dynasties in Chinese history.

The ancient tomb, which contained the couple’s skeletons, was also filled with figurines.

Apart from the remains of the couple, 80 exquisite coloured figurines have also been found inside their tomb chamber.

A sandstone inscription found in the tomb describes the life of the couple Zhao Xin and his wife, Princess Neé Liu. The inscription says (in translation), “On the 20th day of the second moon of the third year of the Heqing period [a date researchers said corresponds to March 18, 564], they were buried together.”

Zhao was the son of the leader of a local tribe and was born with a general title, according to the inscription, which was written in ancient Chinese.

The man was born with a general title and was promoted three times in his life. When he died at the age of 67, he was the general of a garrison of solders at Huangniu Town, leading some 5,000 soldiers.

The man’s presence could ‘command a hundred cities and scare off 10,000 men’, said the inscription.

As a reward to his loyal service, Zhao was given three more titles after he had passed away, including the Jiabiaoqi Great General and the local executive of Chanshan County.

Of Princess Neé Liu, the inscription says that “by nature, she was modest and humble, and sincerity and filial piety were her roots. Her accommodating nature was clear, her behavior respectful and chaste.”

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Year Of The Rooster – Qianlong Rooster Cup Sells For $180,000

Well chicken cup really but who’s counting!

A rare Chinese porcelain cup sold for $180,000 at Brunk Auctions this Saturday.

The Imperial cup features the sealmark of Qianlong in underglaze blue and fine polychrome enameling. It also features an inscribed poem attributed to the Qianlong Emperor which bears the date of the bingshen year (1776).

According to Andrew Brunk, President of Brunk Auctions, “The exceptional sale of this piece of porcelain suggests that Brunk Auctions has extensive reach in the Chinese market. We are delighted that this fine cup sold for a price comparable to similar works at New York Auction houses.”

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