A very rare Guan bottle vase, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279), formerly in the collection of Carl Kempe; 5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) high. Estimate: $800,000-1,000,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2022.
NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s will present a dedicated sale of works from the gallery of one of the most important connoisseurs and dealers in fine Chinese art. The live auction will encompass Chinese ceramics and works of art from the Shang through the Qing dynasties, and will be complemented by an online sale of the gallery’s world-class library. Both sales will take place in March, 2023 in New York. These auctions will celebrate the legacy and significant contribution to the field of Chinese art made by J.J. Lally & Co. For nearly four decades J. J. Lally & Co. presented pieces of the highest caliber to the most prominent collectors and museums worldwide. J.J. Lally & Co.’s carefully planned exhibitions and impeccably researched catalogues solidified the impeccable reputation of the gallery and the esteemed dealer who created it.
Highlights of the live auction include a very rare Guan bottle vase formerly in the collection of Carl Kempe, a very rare ‘peacock feather’-glazed mallet vase, Yongzheng mark and period (1723-1735), a remarkable imperial fahua ‘dragon’ jar, guan, Chenghua-Hongzhi period, late 15th century, and a rare imperial gilt-bronze bell, bian zhong, Kangxi inscription corresponding to 1713.
A very rare ‘peacock feather’-glazed mallet vase, Yongzheng incised seal mark and of the period (1723-1735); 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm.) high. Estimate: $250,000-350,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2022.
An imperial fahua ‘dragon’ jar, guan, Chenghua-Hongzhi period, late 15th century; 7 ¼ in. (18.4 cm.) high. Estimate: $200,000-300,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2022.
A Langyao Baluster Vase, Guanyin Zun, Kangxi Period (1662-1722), 17½ in. (44.5 cm.) high, gilt metal stand. Estimate: $120,000-180,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2022.
A brown-splashed qingbai `sheng player’ ewer, Northern Song Dynasty (AD 960-1127); 7¾ in. (19.7 cm.) high, cloth box. Estimate: $200,000-300,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2022.