05 avril 2020

A fine and extremely rare underglaze-blue and iron-red-decorated Tibetan-style ewer, Qianlong sealmark and of the period

Lot 1318. A fine and extremely rare underglaze-blue and iron-red-decorated Tibetan-style ewer, Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period (1736-1795); 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 4,500,000 - HKD 5,500,000. Price Realized HKD 6,840,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2006.   The globular body finely painted with two iron-red dragons, each grasping a 'flaming pearl', amidst bats, flames and blue clouds, all between interlocking ruyi and crashing waves, the... [Lire la suite]

04 juin 2019

Tianminlou – A Small History of Chinese Ceramics

Unknown Delights from the Tianminlou CollectionRegina Krahl  The Tianminlou collection, assembled by Ko Shih Chao, better known as S.C. Ko (1911 – 1992), can be considered one of the most remarkable private assemblages of Chinese ceramics. It is most famous for porcelains from the Jingdezhen kilns of the Yuan (1279-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties and its name does first of all evoke blue-and-white porcelain – a section that is particularly strong and representative. A fine selection of its... [Lire la suite]
01 avril 2019

Selected Imperial Ming Ceramics from the Tianminlou Collection at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 03 Apr 2019

Antiques collector Ko Shih-Chao. Photo: Jonathan Wong Ko Shih Chao and the Tianminlou Collection Regina Krahl It was with a distinct shock of pleasure that I realized the extent of his success in assembling what is unquestionably one of the finest groups of these wares to be seen anywhere in private hands today… This is how in 1987 John Ayers characterised the collecting activity of Ko Shih Chao (1911-1992) and his Tianminlou Collection, when he wrote an introduction to the collection catalogue. Thirty years... [Lire la suite]