Sotheby’s Hong Kong – The Meiyintang Collection, Part III An Important Selection of Imperial Chinese Porcelains

March 22nd, 2012 by

The Chinese porcelain collection known by the poetic name Meiyintang (Hall Among Rose Beds) is one of the finest and most impressive in private hands.

This third sale dedicated to the collection again makes available a phenomenal range of rare imperial works from the kilns at Jingdezhen, China’s first and foremost porcelain manufacturing centre. Covering imperial porcelains from all major reigns, it includes some of the protagonists of the Yuan (1279-1368), many of the mature masterpieces of the Ming (1368-1644), and a great variety of sophisticated gems of the Qing (1644-1911) dynasty.

One of the most spectacular pieces is the majestic (nearly 60 cm wide) charger of the Yongle period (1403-24), a unique example that is masterfully painted with a long-tailed bird swooping down from a branch laden with lychees to catch an insect. Such freely executed brush paintings, with their careful shading of the cobalt blue, here used particularly for the bird’s plumage, and of course the sheer size of the vessel, reflect China’s blue-and-white porcelain production at its greatest moment.

Auction Venue:

Hall 5, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (New Wing), 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong