Liu Yiqian Spends $36 Million On Four Auction Lots

Liu Yiqian is a big collector of Chinese art, he recently posted four objects on WeChat that has been confirmed Liu bought for a whopping $36 million dollars.

The four items consist of an imperial nine dragon cinnabar lacquer throne, a celadon glazed chrysanthemum teapot, a yellow jade animal plaque and a large blue and white bottle vase with copper red decoration which set a world record for the most expensive tianqiuping ever sold.

Liu uploaded pics of his purchases to WeChat with a headline reading ‘Miscellaneous sales this spring. I think these pieces are pretty nice, good quality with good prices.’

1. A blue and white with copper red ‘dragon’ bottle vase, Tianqiuping

Auction house: Poly Auction Beijing
Sale date: 5 June 2019
Height: 51.5 cm

Provenance:

Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 2 May 1995, lot no.: 118
Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 7 May 2002, lot no.: 580
Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 31 October 2004, The Dragon Emperor, lot no.: 25
The Ten-Views of Lingbi Rock Retreat Collection, no.: EK254, acquired from Eskenazi

Estimate upon request
Price realised: RMB 147,200,000

2. An imperial three-colour carved “nine dragon” lacquer throne. Qianlong Period (1736-1795)

Auction house: Christie’s London
Sale date: 14 May 2019

Size: 111.1 x 115.5 x 85.7 cm
Provenance: Private Asian Collection, acquired in Hong Kong in 1997.
Estimate: £800,000 – 1,200,000
Price realised: £6,108,250

3. A celadon glazed ‘chrysanthemum’ teapot with cover, Qianlong period

Auction house: Poly Auction Beijing
Sale date: 5 June 2019
Length: 19.3cm
Provenance:

J.M.Hu Family Collection
Sotheby’s New York, June 4, 1985, Lot 89
Robert Chang, Hong Kong, c.1993
Christie’s Hong Kong, November 2, 1999, Lot 508
The Ten-Views Lingbi Rock Retreat Collection, no.EK54, Purchased form ESKENAZI Ltd

Estimate: RMB 12,000,000 – 15,000,000
Price realised: RMB 29,900,000

4. A Yellow Jade Animal-Shaped Plaque, Eastern Zhou Dynasty

Auction house: Sotheby’s Hong Kong
Sale date: 3 April 2019

Size: 22cm
Provenance:
Collection of Charles Vignier (1863-1934), Paris.
Estimate: HK$25,000,000 – 30,000,000
Price realised: HK$26,575,000

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