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Lot 93. Provenant d'une collection privée allemande. Qi Baishi (1863-1957), Pivoines, Inscrit, signé, et avec un cachet de l’artiste. Rouleau, monté et encadré, encre et couleur sur papier. Dimensions: 51 x 31,5 cm. (20 ⅛ x 12 ⅜ in.). Estimate EUR 30,000 - EUR 50,000 (USD 33,927 - USD 56,545)Price realised: €778,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020. 

PARIS - The top lot of the sale was a scroll by Qi Baishi depicting Peonies which sold for €778,000 against a pre-sale estimate of €30,000-50,000. Acquired directly from the artist in 1956 by German photographer Hilmar Pabel, this lot attracted 27 telephone bidders (lot 93).

Tiphaine Nicoul, Director of the Asian Art department, Camille de Foresta, specialist and auctioneer of the sale and Zheng Ma, specialist of the sale: “We are delighted with these remarkable results which are far beyond our expectations in this difficult context. Once again, we saw strong interest for works of art coming from private French and European collections such as a beautiful 15th century cloisonné box previously in the collection of Robert de Semallé, the secretary of the French Embassy in Bejing in the late 19th century before entering Robert Rousset’s collection, and which was sold for €586,000. We can also note the strong price achieved for an important gilt-bronze figure of Marichi from the Qing Dynasty coming from an important French private collection, sold for €514,000 after a long bidding battle between 10 telephones. Even though international collectors were less present in the auction room because of the current situation, we registered 52 % of successful bids on the telephone and 35% on the internet”.

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Lot 22. Provenant de la collection de M. Robert Rousset. (1901-1982). Rare et importante boîte couverte en émaux cloisonnés, Chine, Dynastie Ming, XVe siècle. Diamètre: 16,7 cm. (6 ½ in.) ; hauteur: 5 cm. (2 in.). Estimate EUR 50,000 - EUR 70,000 (USD 56,545 - USD 79,163)Price realised EUR 586,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020. 

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Lot 43. Provenant d'une collection privée française. Rare et importante statue de Marichi en bronze doré, Chine, Dynastie Qing, Epoque Kangxi (1662-1722). Hauteur: 43 cm. (17 in.) ; Largeur: 29 cm. (11 ½ in.) ; Profondeur: 19 cm. (7 ½ in.). Estimate EUR 200,000 - EUR 400,000 (USD 226,250 - USD 452,500)Price realised EUR 514,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020.

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Further highlights included a very rare Falangcai bowl from the Yongzheng period which sold for €382,000 against a pre-sale estimate of €120,000-150,000, a small mother-of-pearl inlaid Huanghuali low table which sold for €150,000, ten times its pre-sale estimate, and a rare blue and white ‘Boys’ jar from the Ming Dynasty bearing a Jiajing six-character mark which sold for an impressive result of €250,000 against a pre-sale estimate of €35,000-60,000.

 

Lot 150. Provenant d'une collection privée. Rare bol Falangcai à fond rubis, Chine, Dynastie Qing, marque à quatre caractères dans un double carré en bleu sous couverte et époque Yongzheng (1723-1735). Diamètre: 9,2 cm. (3.5/8 in.). Estimate EUR 120,000 - EUR 150,000 (USD 135,708 - USD 169,635)Price realised EUR 382,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020.

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Lot 12. Rare petite table basse en huanghuali et incrustations de nacre, kangzhuo, Chine, Dynastie Qing, époque Kangxi (1662-1722). Dimensions:39 cm. x 19,9 cm. x 9,1 cm. (15 3/8 in. x 7 ¾ in. 3 ½ in.). Estimate EUR 15,000 - EUR 20,000 (USD 135,708 - USD 169,635)Price realised EUR 150,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020.

De forme rectangulaire, elle repose sur quatre petits pieds joliement sculptés de volutes aux extrémités. Incrustée de nacre, le plateau rectangulaire est à décor d'un couple de dragon et phénix confrontés volant parmi des nuages pourchassant la perle sacrée. La bordure est ornée d'Emblèmes Taoïstes alternant avec des lotus épanouis. La ceinture et les pieds sont également rehaussés de pétales, feuilles et motifs stylisés ; petits manques.

Provenance: Previously from an English family, Somerset.

Note: It is extremely rare to find huanghuali furniture pieces inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Compare to a imperially made mother-of-pearl inlaid huanghuali kang table dated to the middle Qing period in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Palace Museum Collection: A Treasury of Ming & Qing dynasty Palace Furniture, vol. 1, Beijing, pp. 244-245, fig. 279.
See a mother-of-pearl-inlaid huanghuali cabinet depicting flowers, dated late Ming dynasty, 17th century, sold in Christie's Hong Kong, 3 June 2015, lot 2948.

 

A RARE BLUE AND WHITE 'BOYS' JAR, GUAN CHINA, MING DYNASTY, JIAJING SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1522-1566)

Lot 114. Rare jarre en porcelaine bleu blanc, Guan, Dynastie Ming, Marque à six caractères en bleu sOus couverte et époque Jiajing (1522-1566). Hauteur: 35,5 cm. (14 in.). Diamètre: 38 cm. (15 in.). Estimate EUR 120,000 - EUR 150,000 (USD 35,000 - EUR 60,000)Price realised EUR 250,000© Christie's Image Ltd 2020.

L'extérieur est peint de couleurs vives en bleu profond d'une scène continue de jeunes garçons rieurs jouant dans un jardin, l'un assis devant un paravent à décor de paysage pour imiter un dignitaire, un autre assis à une table face à un livre ouvert, tandis qu'un troisième s'agenouille devant eux. D'autres enfants tirent des charrettes, tiennent des parasols en feuille de lotus ou jouent à d'autres jeux. L'épaulement est orné de cartouches encadrant des branchages de fruits et de fleurs réservés sur un fond de treillis. La base porte une marque Jiajing à six caractères en bleu sous couverte.

The property of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Stanley, Chieveley House, Berkshire.

Provenance: Acquired from Spink & Son Ltd, London, circa 1995, reportedly at the personal recommendation of former Spink Director Roger Keverne.

Note: The subject matter of boys was especially popular during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor. The emperor was particularly concerned with producing male heirs. It was recorded in the Ming Shi, 'Ming History', that he commissioned a Daoist ritual to take place in the Imperial Garden in the eleventh year of this reign (1532) for the intended purpose of praying for the birth of imperial sons. 'Boys jars' were good auguries for the emperor and highly regarded, thus were decorated with superior cobalt blue, as seen on the current jar.
A jar of this design with a cover was excavated in 1980 in Chaoyanqu, Beijing and is now in the Shoudu (Capital) Museum, Beijing. It is illustrated in Shoudu Bowuguan Zangci Xuan, pl. 121. Another such jar is in the collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, while a third, formerly in the Charles Russel and in the Mrs. Alfred Clark collections, is in the British Museum, illustrated by D. Lion-Goldschmidt and Moreau-Gobard in Chinese Art, pl. 195. One jar from the Osaka Museum, also without a cover, is illustrated in Ming and Qing Ceramics and Works of Art, p. 20, no. 1.59. Others are in the museum of Decorative Arts, Copenhagen, illustrated by D. Lion-Goldschmidt in La Porcelaine Ming, Office du Livre, 1978, pl. 134, no. 124; the Idemitsu Museum, illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, pl. 191; and in the Fengchengxian Museum, Jiangxi province, illustrated in Zhongguo Wenwu Jinghua Da Cidian, p. 393, no. 766.
Other jars of this design include one from the J. M. Hu collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27 November, 2007, Lot 1738; and another example, originally in the collection of the Manno Museum of Art, Japan, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 29 May 2019, lot 3104.
Examples with slightly different variations of the 'boys' design include one in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, is illustrated in Blue and White Ware of the Ming Dynasty, vol. V, pl. 13, pp. 46-47; an example from the Wingfield Digby collection was sold at Sotheby's London, 3 December 1974, lot 284; another in the Freer Gallery of Art, Oriental Ceramics, vol. 9, Kodansha series, 1975, no. 111; and one sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 14 November 1989, lot 31.

Finally, we had the great surprise to see a beautiful and very rare blue and white porcelain jar from Vietnam, dated to the 15th century, establishing a new world auction record for a Vietnamese porcelain selling for 406,000 euros.

 A rare blue and white glazed stoneware peony' storage jar, Vietnam, 15th century

Lot 113. A rare blue and white glazed stoneware peony' storage jar, Vietnam, 15th century. Hauteur: 33 cm. (13 in.). Estimate EUR 15,000 - EUR 20,000 (USD 16,900 - USD 22,533)Price realised EUR 406,000, new world auction record for a Vietnamese porcelain. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020

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