Christies bag top spot with Yongzheng vase


With all of the auctions coinciding with Asian Art in London now concluded, Christies in King Street, St. James’s, London, have sold the most expensive item. Sold on November 5 was a 41cm. high Yongzheng yellow and green enamel vase decorated with bats, flowers and clouds. The price achieved on the hammer was £2.65m. against an estimate of just £200,000-300,000.

By way of provenance, it came with an invoice from New York art dealers C T Loo and dated 1961. There is a similarity to a vase on display in Beijing and it is highly likely it was a piece made for Imperial use. There is a Yongzheng mark to the base (1723-35).

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