Wednesday, August 25
Auction - Sotheby's chinese ceramics sale on Sep 15 in New York
Among the important porcelain works in the sale is a rare tea-dust glazed vase (Hu), with the Qianlong seal mark, a pear shaped piece covered in a rich olive glaze (est. $120/150,000). The shape and coloring of the piece have similarities to the archaic bronze hu form.
The highlight of the furniture is a rare Imperial ‘Zitan’ ‘Dahlia’ Table (Tiaozhuo), Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, which is emblematic of the influence that European style pieces had on Imperial Chinese works of art during the Qing dynasty (est. $300/500,000). This period is considered the zenith of Chinese artistic production, but it was also a time when the emperor was fascinated with European art, as demonstrated by objects such as this as well as with larger, more elaborate, cultural projects. The piece, which is carved from the expensive zitan wood, is exceptionally rare with only one comparable table having been published.