On Tuesday 5th May 2015, Christies South Kensington held an Asian Art focused evening ahead of their forthcoming ‘Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art’ sale on 12th May 2015. The event, which was part of the ‘Christies Lates‘ series, featured talks from Kate Hunt, Head of Christies’ Chinese department, a calligraphy demonstration and workshop by Chinese calligrapher Qu Leilei, as well as traditional live Chinese music from Janet Chao, seen in the video below.
Amongst the most interesting items which will be in the sale are a pair of imperial quality, Copper Red decorated ‘Dragon Bowls,’ seen below. The use of copper red is recognised is one of the most difficult techniques in the ceramic industry, and was hailed as the most luxurious to collect. The use of the 5 clawed dragons show that the work was produced for Emperor Kangxi, of the Qing dynasty (1644-1912.) Kate Hunt described how the bowls were of utmost importance, and were predicted to be a highlight of the auction houses forthcoming sale.
A PAIR OF COPPER RED-DECORATED ‘DRAGON BOWLS’ KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARKS IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE. ESTIMATE: (£30,000-50,000)
Another significant highlight of the evening, was the two Republic Period (1912-1949) vases. Produced during a time of experimentation in Chinese ceramics, the works depict a beautiful snow scene, which uses Robin’s egg glaze, bold calligraphy, and intricate mouldings.
A PAIR OF FAMILLE ROSE JARDINIERES REPUBLIC PERIOD (1912 – 1949) : (ESTIMATE: £12,000 – £18,000)
Other items of particular interest can be seen below:-
A PAIR OF FAMILLE ROSE VASES AND COVERS. GANGXU SIX-CHARACTER MARKS IN IRON-RED AND OF THE PERIOD. (ESTIMATE: £4,000 – £6,000)
A COPPER-RED DECORATED BLUE AND WHITE VASE 20TH CENTURY. (ESTIMATE: £800 – £1,200)
A PAIR OF JAPANESE CLOISONNE ENAMEL CHARGERS. MEIJI PERIOD. LATE 19TH CENTURY. (BUY OR BID: BUY TODAY FOR £5,200)
The auction takes place at Christies South Kensington on May 12th 2015.