It's interesting that only one out of four Yuan-Ming Jun wares managed to be sold at Christie's Hong Kong recent spring sales. However, given all of the bowls offered are similar in shape and sizes, I am inclined to agree that the lack of uniqueness could be one of the reasons leading to the flop.
Having said that, I must say the numbered one bulb bowl was my favourite among the three unsold pieces :p What about the rest of you?
Hmm....it's interesting how white jade pieces have been highly sought-after in recent years. It would be interesting to see if this trend changes over time. https://en.thevalue.com/articles/art-d-asie-christies-paris-spring-2019-result
The only Tang-dynasty jade dragon head (in private hands) fails to find a new owner at Christie's New York despite pre-sale hype.... It's interesting how the sentiment in the room changed so quickly. I personally couldn't help but wonder if it would have been snapped up had Christie's been willing to settle for a 'modest' US$2.2million.
While the documentary may have been a short one, I am so glad BBC was literally granted full access to the Terracotta warriors from the Qin dynasty! I was particularly pleased that viewers were given a glimpse of the hidden 'stamps of quality control' found on some of the Terracotta warriors.
I couldn't help but noticed the stark difference in pricetag between the blue and white vase (Yongzheng period) and the magnificent imperial three-coloured carved 'nine dragon' lacquer throne (Qianlong period) paid by Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian. Could it be that ceramics is still more in demand than lacquer items? https://en.thevalue.com/articles/liu-yiqian-collector-chinese-antiques-auction?fbclid=IwAR3Zli6m61LvLm5snqlNV7o_6QzxRYXMb5cssdsowNDFMRhFREZv0vrmy9Y
While mirrors have been reduced to nothing more than a grooming aid in modern times, it's amazing how they were also used as ornaments, tokens of love, gifts, religious items in Taoism and burial objects in the ancient Chinese culture! https://www.shine.cn/feature/art-culture/1807289481/