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An Extremely Rare Wucai ‘Fish’ Jar and Cover leads the Autumn Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Auctions at Christie’s Hong Kong

A Highly Important And Extremely Rare Wucai ‘Fish’ Jar And Cover Jiajing Six-Character Mark In Underglaze Blue And Of The Period (1522-1566) 18 1/8 in. (46 cm.), brocade box Price realized HKD 213,850,000/ US$27,510,684
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Christie’s Hong Kong held six auctions for Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art on November 27 and 29, 2017. Together the sales realized a total of HK$797,795,000 (US$102,658,900).

The top highlights of the series include an extremely Rare Wucai ‘Fish’ Jar and Cover which was auctioned for HK$213,850,000 (US$27,510,684). This lot was part of the Important Ming Imperial Works of Art from The Le Cong Tang Collection Evening Sale. Apart from the existing piece, only three other Jiajing fish jars with covers have been sold at auction. Four existing pieces are preserved in major museum collections in China. Two in the Palace Museum, one excavated in Beijing in 1955 and now in the National Museum of China, and another in the collection of the Tianjin Museum. Other top lots include a large and rare Dehua figure of Guanyin sold for HK$19,300,000 (US$2,482,844) from the Court, Studio, Atelier- Chinese Works of Art and Paintings from The Ming Dynasty Evening Sale. The Chinese Archaic Jades from The Yangdetang Collection Sale which took place on 29 November totaled a result of HK$150,180,00 (US$19,327,942), with 100% sold by lot and 100% sold by value. The auction achieved almost 7 times low estimate. The top lots included a Jade ‘Dragon’ Pendant, Jue, which realized HK$10,900,000 (US$1,402,814). Important Chinese Ceramics from The Dr. James D. Thornton Collection which also took place on the date totaled HK$78,080,000 (US$10,048,780), with 100% sold by lot and 100% sold by value. Among the top lots was a Fine and Extremely Rare Pair of Famille Rose ‘Poppy” Bowls, which sold for HK$26,500,000 (US$3,410,511).

Christie’s is the world’s leading art business. Its global auctions both private and digital sales in first half of 2017 totaled £ 2.35 billion / $3 billion. It offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories in areas such as fine and decorative arts, jewelry, photographs, collectibles, and wine among others. Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the top lots of the series.