Great Buy In Europe
A wonderful large Kangxi vase purchased in Europe today, masterfully painted with warriors on horseback, also the buying trip is going better than expected.
The Godfather of Chinese Antiques, Giuseppe Eskenazi, shared with us his journey of becoming a top dealer, a label that he humbly refused to be put on. Very often, antiques fair serves as a platform for dealers to showcase the finest works from their collection, offering a good opportunity for them to communicate with their peers, collectors and potential customers. Yet, Eskenazi is never seen in these occasions. What had stopped him from joining these events? Whats the story behind?
A photo has recently gone viral and sparked a heated discussion on Chinese social media network WeChat. It is a photo of Nicolas Chow, Chairman of Sothebyâs Asia, hugging Liu Yiqian, a Shanghainese billionaire and collector, and kissing him on his cheek.
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The three-inch tall blue and white vase bearing a Yongzheng six charachter mark has sold for 40,000 pounds at an auction in Melton Mowbray.
The vase carried an estimate of 30 to 40 pounds as it was cracked and chipped & was part of a tray lot.
Senior auctioneer Simon Shouler said: “The vase was on a small tray of Chinese porcelain and much of it was cracked and chipped.
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,’
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.