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Fired Up for Sancai Porcelain

Published on , by Sophie Reyssat
Auction on 31 May 2022 - 14:30 (CEST) - Hôtel des ventes, 164 bis, avenue Charles-de-Gaulle - 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine

A collection of Chinese enameled biscuit porcelain met with international success.

China, 18th century, Kangxi period (1661-1722), sancai enameled porcelain dish decorated... Fired Up for Sancai Porcelain

China, 18th century, Kangxi period (1661-1722), sancai enameled porcelain dish decorated with two dragons chasing the sacred jewel, the border decorated with peonies, chrysanthemums, lotus, the wing decorated with six dragons, reprise of the main decoration on the reverse side, the wing decorated with five phoenixes, mark "Chu Xiu Gong", diam. 47 cm/18.50 in.
Result: €96,200

This dish skyrocketed past its high estimate of €6,000 to €96,200, reflecting the popularity of the collection of sancai (three-colored) and turquoise enameled porcelain from the Kangxi period dispersed at this Asian sale, which totaled €1,271,283 for the 83 lots sold. While Chinese and Hong Kong collectors and professionals were naturally present, the auction also drew many French, English, German and American bidders, notably for the hundred or so pieces mentioned above. Acquired from prestigious specialized dealers between the 1920s and 1960s, and still with their invoices, the pieces made up a rare group assembled by three generations of collectors. It alone totaled €867,449 and 98% of the artworks changed hands. Among those with symbolic significance was a guandi in armor sitting majestically on a tiger skin, his shoulders and calves adorned with chimera heads. This yellow, turquoise and blue glazed stoneware fragment of a finial fetched €50,700 (h. 43 cm/16.92 in). natural elements played a leading role, in particular, thanks to brush pots rarely preserved as a pair, combining bamboo, prunus flowers and pine branches. Paintings from an imperial album of the Qianlong period (1736-1795), including four double pages, depicting the Miao community’s daily activities, sold for €58,500, while a pair of Shang period (1570-1045 BCE) bronze gu vases decorated with taotie and stylized cicadas fetched €44,200. An 18th-century quadrangular white jade openwork vase featuring carved characters walking amid pavilions in a mountainous landscape found a buyer at €52,000.

Tuesday 31 May 2022 - 14:30 (CEST) - Live
Hôtel des ventes, 164 bis, avenue Charles-de-Gaulle - 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine
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