Hong Kong – The Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale in Hong Kong on 28 November totalled HK$70,385,000. The top lot of the sale – a very rare pair of Imperial white-gazed relief-carved bottle vases, Qianlong seal marks and of the period (1736 - 1795) – sold for HK$15,700,000, ten times their estimate at HK$1,500,000-2,000,000.

The pair of vases has been preserved by a British family for decades prior to being discovered and sold at Bonhams sale. The vases were greatly admired during the exhibition and were noted for their rarity with no other example known to have been published.

The auction, featuring 55 lots, got off to a flying start with the sale of a rare grey and green jade ritual vessel from the Liangzhu Culture, Neolithic Period which achieved HK$4,660,000, doubling its estimate of HK$200,000-300,000.

With an exceptional inscription attributed to Prince Yunli (1697 - 1738), an imperial-inscribed white and russet jade 'birthday celebration' boulder, first half 18th century, was sold for HK$7,900,000.

A further highlight of the sale was a very rare Imperial Ming-style doucai 'dragon' jar, Yongzheng mark and of the period (1723- 1735), which made HK$4,900,000.

Bonhams Hong Kong Head of Chinese Works of Art, Xibo Wang, further remarked, "We aim to offer a highly curated sale of the finest Chinese ceramics and works of art displaying rarity, quality and provenance, as well as representing the richness and breadth of China's artistic heritage. This was clearly reflected in the lively bidding within the saleroom and active participation both online and on the telephones."

Asaph Hyman, International Head, Chinese Art, commented "Bonhams sales in Hong Kong have been going from strength to strength, building a reputation for professionalism and quality in a short amount of time, emphasising on research, presentation and targeted marketing for each object to the benefit of both vendors and buyers."

Forthcoming auctions for Fine Asian Works of Art will take place on 18 December at Bonhams San Francisco. The next Fine Chinese Art in London is on 17 May 2018.

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