The Asian Art Week has come to the end. The last sale in Christie's series, "Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art", achieves a total sales of US$13 million at 80% selling rate. A bronze ritual food vessel of Western Zhou Dynasty and a Juanyao flower-form wine glass share the top-lot position, both realized at US$907,500.
The vessel comes from the collection of Liu Xihai, a Chinese collector and calligrapher. Round in shape, its upper body shows facial features of a mythical animal with horns, and the upper body is decorated with a diamond-and-boss motif band.
With a crackled glaze of pale milky blue color, the wine glass has rounded sides molded as six petals spiraling upwards from the center to the notche curves. A similar work is now secured in the National Palace Museum, Taipei.
The second and the third expensive lots are a greenish-white jade "dragon" vase and a bronze phoenix-form ewer respectively. Despite the satisfactory sale result, the highest-estimated lot, a jade melon carving with an imperial zitan box, is unsold. Some experts consider that the box is not the original match.
A BRONZE RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, KANG GUI
EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 11TH-10TH CENTURY BC
Lot No.: 1005
A RARE JUNYAO FLOWER-FORM BRUSH WASHER (wine glass)
NOTHERN SONG-JIN DYNASTY (AD 960-1234)
Lot No.: 1143
A LARGE PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE 'DRAGON' VASE AND COVER
Lot No.: 1090
Height: 29.2 cm
A VERY RARE SMALL BRONZE PHOENIX-FORM EWER
LATE WESTERN-EARLY EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 8TH-7TH CENTURY BC
Lot No.: 1017
Auction House: Christie's New York
Sale: Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
Sale No.: 12900
Total Sales: US$13,172,875
Average Price per Sold Lot: US$56,294
Selling Rate: 80%
(prices include buyer's premium, unless otherwise stated)