Christies bag top spot with Yongzheng vase

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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).