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Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

Sotheby's New York

10 A.M., September 11, 2012 Lots 1-93

2 P.M., September 11, 2012 Lots 94-246

10 A.M., September 12, 2012 Lots 248-407

Sale 8872

Small blue and white Beaker vase

Lot 10, Small blue and white Beaker vase, Qianlong seal mark and period, 8 7/16 inches high

By Carter B. Horsley

The September 13, 2012 auction of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at Sotheby's New York includes many excellent Archaic bronzes and lovely ceramics from later periods.

The auction total of $26,985.314 substantially exceed the pre-sale high estimate of $21.6 million and wasthe second highest total for sucha sale in New York. Henry Howard-Sneyd, vice chairmman of Asian Art at Sotheby's said that the total was the highest in five years in New York and noted that the New York departmentis now led by Dr. Tao Wang. 
Lot 10 is a very nice small blue and white beaker vase with a Qianlong seal mark and period.  It is 8 7/16 inches high.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $290,500.

Rare ruby-ground famille-rose bowl

Lot 11, Rare ruby-ground famille-rose bowl, Yongzheng  mark and period, 5 inches in diameter

Lot 11 is a lovely rare ruby-ground famillerose bowl with a Yongzheng mark and period.  It is 5 inches in diameter.  It has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It sold for $254,500.

Items from the Masaki MuseumArchaic bronze ritual food vessel (yu)


Lot 97, rare archaic bronze ritual tripod vessel, (Jia), Late Shang Dynasty (15h-11th Century B.C., 12 1/4 inches high, left foreground; Lot 95, Archaic bronze ritual food vessel (yu), Late Shang Dynasty, 13th-11th Century B.C., 11 inches in diameter, right

The Masaki Art Museum opened in 1968 to exhibit the collection of Takayuki Masaki (1895-1985) which included about 1,200 items.  In 1945, he decided to sell his entire collection to buy one Chicnse painting. Lot 97, a Late Shang Dynasty tripod food vessel (Jia) is 12 1/4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $170,500.  Lot 95 is an archaic bronze ritual food vessel (yu) from the Late Shang Dynasty, 13th-11th Century B.C.  It is 11 inches in diameter.  It has an estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.  It sold for $410,500.

Archaic bronze ritual food vessel and cover (gui)

Lot 103, Archaic bronze ritual food vessel and cover (gui), lateWestern Zhou Dynasty, 9th/8th Century B.C., 15-inches wide

Lot 103 is a good archaic bronze ritual food vessel and cover (gui) from the late Western Zhou Dynasty, 9th/8th Century B.C.  It is 15 inches wide.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $170,500.

Rare archaic bronze wine vessel (fanglei)

Lot 101, Rare archaic bronze wine vessel, (fanglei), Late Shang Dynasty, 15th -11th Century B.C., 15 1/2 inches high

Lot 101 is an impressive and rare archaic bronze wine vessel (fanglei) from the Late Shang Dynasty, 15th-11th Century B.C.  It is 15 1/2 inches high.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000.  It sold for $68,500.

Rare and large gold and malachite inlaid bronz wine vessel (fanghu)


Lot 100, rare and large gold and malachite inlaid bronze ritual wine vessel (fanghu), Warring States Period, 17 3/4 inches high.

Lot 100 is a rare and large gold and malachite inlaid bronze ritual wine vessel (fanghu), Warring States Period, 17 3/4 inches high.  The lot has been widely exhibited, and has an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000.  It sold for $116,500.


Extremely rare "jun" foliate-mouth vase (zun)

Lot 131, rare "jun" foliate-mouth vase (zun), Northern Sung Dynasty, 11 7/8 inches high

Lot 131 is an extremely rare "jun" foliate-mouth vase (zun) from the Northern Sung Dynasty.  It is 11 7/8 inches high and was once in the T. T. Tsui Collection.  The catalogue notes that "the clear sky-blue-glazed wares from Yuzhou, Henan province, an area formerly known as Junzhou, are renowned for their rich thick glaze and often intense coloration.  In addition to the exquisite azure blue color of the present example the elegant baluster form with foliate rim is very rare.  The lot has an estimate of $500,000 to $700,000.  It sold for $602,500.

Rare archaic bronze ritual vessel and cover (fangyi)

Lot 151, Rare Archaic bronze ritual vessel and cover (fangyi), Late Shang Dynasty, 15th-11th Century B.C., 9 1/2 inches high

Lot 151 is  a very good rare Archaic bronze ritual vessel and cover (fangyi) from the Late Shang Dynastry, 15th-11th Century  B.C.  It is 9 1/2 inches high  It has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It sold for $158,500.

Archaic bronze ritual steamer vessel (yan)

Lot 160, Archaic bronze ritual steamer vessel (yan), Late Shang/Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th Century B.C., 14 1/4 inches high

Lot 160 is an Archaic bronze ritual steamer vessel (Yan) from the Late Shang/Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th Century B.C.  It is 14 1/4 inches high.  It has a modest estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.  It sold for $34,375.

Rare bronze bell (bo), Eastern Zhou Dynasty


Lot 171, Rare bronze bell (bo), Eastern Zhou Dynasty, 8th/7th Century B.C., 16 1/2 inches high

Lot 171 is a rare bronze bell (bo) from the Eastern Zhou Dynasty, 8th-7th Century B.C.  It is 16 1/2 inches high and is surmounted a handle of snakes and has embossed coiled snakes around its body.  It has a modest estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $40,625.

Rare silver and gilt decorated bronze cylindrical tripod vessel

Lot 174, Rare silver and gilt decorated bronze cylindrical tripod vessel (zun), Early Western Han Dynasty, 2nd/1st Century B.C., 8 1/4 inches high

Lot174 is a very nice rare silver and gilt decorated bronze cylinderical tripod vessel (zun) from the Early Western Han Dynasty, 2nd/1st Century B.C.  It is 8 1/4 inches high and has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. It sold for $74,500.


Archaic bronze wine vessel (hui)

Lot 168, "Important Archaic bronze wine vessel (hui), Eastern Zhou Dynasty, 8th-7th Century B.C., 18  1/2 inches high

Lot 168 is an important Archaic bronze wine vessel (hui) from the Eastern Zhou Dynasty, 8th-7th Century B.C.  It is 18 1/2 inches high and was once in the collection of C. T. Loo & Co.  It has an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000.  It sold for $1,538,500.

Guan-type faceted vase

Lot 252, Massive Guan-type faceted vase, Qianlong seal mark and period, 26 1/4 inches high

Lot 242 is an impressive massive Guan-type faceted vase with Qianlong seal, mark and Period.  It is 26 1/4 inches high and has an estmate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It sold for $386,500.


Important Wucai Fish jJar and cover

Lot 282, Important Wucai Fish jar and cover, Jiajing mark and period, 16 1/8 inches high


Lot 282 is an important Wucai Fish jair and cover with a Jiajing mark and period from the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.  It is 16 1/8 inches hig and is the cover illustration of the catalogue for the auction.  It has an estimate of $500,000 to $800,000.  It sold for $1,986,500.

Rare famille rose reticulated revolving vase


Lot 391, rare famille rose reticulated revolving vase, Qianlong seal mark and period, 8 1/4 inches high


Lot 391 is an impressive and very colorful rare famille rose reticulated revolving vase with a Qianlong seal mark and period.  It is 8 1/4 inches high and has an estimate of $400,000 to $500,000.  It sold for $506,500.

Rare blue and white moonflask

Lot 277, rare blue and white moonflask, Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period, 11 7/8 inches high

Lot 277 is a good rare blue and white moonflash from the Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period.  It is 11 7/8 inches high and has an estimate of $600,000 to $900,000.  It sold for $1,314,500.

Rare turquoise ground enamed Lingzhi vase

Lot 17, a rare turquoise-ground enameled 'Lingshi' vase with a Yongzheng mark and period, 10 3/4 inches high

Lot 17 is a rare and very bold  turquoise-ground enameled 'Lingshi' vase with a Yongzheng mark and period.  It is 10 3/4 inches high and has an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000.  It sold for $374,,500.

Large limestone 'longmen' head of a bodhisattva

Lot 118, large limestone 'longmen' head of a bodhisattva, Early Tang Dynasty, 7th Century B.C., 23 inches high

Lot 118 is a large limestone 'Longmen' head of a bohisattva from the Early Tang Dynasty, 7th Century B.C.  It is 23 inches high.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $992,500.

Imperial Jade Ba Zheng Mao Nian Zi Bao Seal

Lot 303, Imperial jade Ba Zheng Mao Nian Zhi Bao seal, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, 2 1/4 inches long

Lot 303 is a impressive Imperial jade Ba Zheng Mao Nian Zhi Bao seal from the Qing Dynasty, Quianlong Period.  It is 2 1/4 inches long and has an estimate of $800,000 to $1,200,000.  The seal was made to commemorate the owner's 80th birthday.  It sold for $3,498,500.

Imperial spinah jade Zianfu Gong seal

Lot 363, Imperial Spinach jade Xianfu Gong seal, Qing Dynasty, Jiaqing Period, 2 1/8 inches long

Lot 363 is a luscious Imperial Spinach jade Xianfu Gong seal from the Qing Dynasty, Jiaqing Period.  It is 2 1/8 inches long and has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.  It sold for $1,202,500.

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