Sotheby’s – Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

October 4th, 2011 by

Our commitment to offering significant and outstanding works of art from private collections continues in our Sotheby’s London auction, held during Asian Art in London in November. The sale features an exquisite Qianlong mark and period cloisonné enamel tiger waterpot (Lot 400) and a group of archaic bronze ritual vessels (Lots 376-389) from Parbold Hall, the home of Sir Peter Moores, together with outstanding Qing dynasty imperial monochrome wares (Lots 60-77) from the collection of Richard Cartwright. Jades are also well-represented with two private Italian collections formed in the 1970s.

Further highlights from the sale include a wide selection of fine ceramics, such as a remarkable purple-splash ‘Jun’ dish of the Song dynasty (Lot 360), an impressive Yuan dynasty ‘peacock’ jar (Lot 146), a sumptuous Qianlong mark and period doucai jar and cover decorated with bats and clouds, and a pair of blue and white soldier vases with elaborate European stands. Notable works of art include the fine gilt-bronze figure of Amitayus produced during the Kangxi period (Lot 187), large rhinoceros horn carvings of the late-Ming and early-Qing dynasties (Lots 1-6), and a fine huanghuali corner leg table attributed to the 17th/18th century (Lot 36).