Yongzheng Vase Sells Online For 3 Million UK Pounds

Yongzheng Vase Sells Online For 3 Million UK Pounds

A Chinese blue and white bottle vase set a online record when it achieved a hammer price of over £3 million at the close of the sale in Singapore this week.

The 15 inch high bottle form vase, with a six character Yongzheng (1722-35) mark to the base. It featured in a timed sale on April 18th to May 3rd held by Hotlotz.

The price is a record for Hotlotz and the biggest selling lot on thesaleroom.com

The vase was decorated with a nine dragon design amongst stylised clouds. It is thought to be to another mark and period vase of the same size and similar decoration (two-dragon) that took a house record of £2.6 million at Tennants of Leyburn in 2012 and was resold by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong in 2015 for HK$75.8 million approx £7.5 million.

Yongzheng Vase Sells Online For 3 Million UK Pounds

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The Chinese Horseshoe Back Chair History

The Chinese sat on the floor, early on in their culture, but with time, low couches and chairs were introduced, most probably through the spread of Buddhism and the figures of Buddha on raised platforms. The idea of being elevated and of being above others was brought into being and saw couches and chairs getting raised higher and higher from the floor. Where special guests, dignitaries, and noblemen were “above” the commoner who remained on the floor.

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Chinese Blue and White Antique Porcelain History

Chinese Blue and White Antique Porcelain
Chinese Blue and White Antique Porcelain History

The colour blue gained recognition during the Tang dynasty (618 – 907). The colour comes from cobalt ores. During the Yuan (1279 – 1368) Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing (1644 – 1911) dynasties, different types of cobalt ore and methods of use determined the shades of blue that appears on blue-and-white porcelain ware. The cobalt pigment is one of the few that can stand the highest firing temperatures that are needed for porcelain.

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Mother of Pearl

What is mother of pearl (nacre) ? It is a smooth shining iridescent substance formed on the inner layer of some molluscs, like the oyster and abalone.

Mother of pearl has been used for centuries as a decorative inlay on lacquer ware. It was first thought that mother of pearl oyster beds existed in three regions, the Persian gulf, the red sea and the Sri Lanka coast, but explorers soon found pearl oysters throughout tropical waters. The shells were harvested and exported around the world as people became enamored by this lustrous marvel from the sea.

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Antique Chinese Ink Stones – History

Antique Chinese Ink Stones - History

Chinese ink-stone! what is it? It is literally a mortar for grinding and containing ink. Or you could say an artists mixing palette for ink. It evolved from a tool for rubbing dyes, around 7000 years ago. The Chinese ink was solidified into a stick or round ink-cake, which were then gradually ground down on the surface of the stone using a circular movement and with the addition of water from a water dropper which controlled the amount of water. The ink that was produced from this went into the ink-stones reservoir, until enough ink had been produced for the task at hand.

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Scholar’s Objects – Brush Pots and Washers

Famille Rose Brush Pot
Famille Rose Brush Pot

The brush pot (bitong) is mostly a cylindrical container for holding brushes used by scholars. They are made from various materials such as stone, porcelain and bamboo and often are decorated with ornate motifs, symbols and carvings.

The numerous brushes would be rinsed and stored in the pot with their handles down, so that the bundles of hair would keep their shape and point.

The brush is an important tool to the scholar. With it he could engage in calligraphy, landscape and still life painting. Like the pots the brushes came in an array of sizes.

Chinese brush washers were created at the same time as ink painting, and were used to remove excess ink from the brush while the scholar painted, or after the painting was finished. A common shape for the brush washer was a lotus leaf or flower.

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