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Important Chinese Art

Sotheby's New York

September 15 and 16, 2015

Sale 9393

Bell 160


Lot 160, a rare and important Imperial gilt-bronze ritual bell (bianzhong), Qianlong mark and period, dated to the eighth year, corresponding to 1743, 10 3/4 inches high

By Carter B. Horsley

This auction of Important Chinese Art at Sotheby's New York September 15 and 16, 2015 is highlighted by an Imperial gilt-bronze ritual bell from the William Hearst collection, a celadon "crane and deer" vase and pot, a jade "taotie" censer, a Tang goose vessel and a Tang camel with rider and hunting owl.


Lot 160 is an impressive and rare Imperial gilt-bronze ritual bell (bianzhong), Qianlong mark and period, dated to the eighth year, corresponding to 1743.  It is 10 3/4 inches high and is property from the Hearst family collection.  It wasd acquired by William Randolph Hearst from the aucton in 1921 at the American Art Galleries of the collection of Yamanaka & Co., a prominent New York dealer. It has an estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000.  It sold for $1,200,000 including the buyer's commission as do all results mentioned in this article.

The sale total was $6,930,125 with about 70 percent of the offered lots selling.

Camel

Lot 258, camel with Sogdian ride and hunting owl, pottery, Early Tang Dynasty, 39 inches high

The auction's most dramatic and impressive work is Lot 258, an Early Tang Dynasty pottery camel with Sogdian rider and hunting owl.  It is 39 inches high.  The highly animated work has an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000.  It failed to sell.

Tiger

Lot 102, archaistic bronze figure of a tiger, Qing Dynasty, 16 inches long

Lot 103 is an adorable archaistic bronze figure of a tiger from the Qing Dynasty.  It is 16 inches long.  It has a modest estimate of $6,000 to $8,000.  It sold for $15,000.

Sancai goose

Lot 259, rare and important Sancai and blue glazed pottery goose vessel, Tang Dynasty, 11 1/2 inches high

Lot 259 is a rare and important Sancai and blue glazed pottery goose vessel from the Tang Dynasty.  It is 11 1/2 inches high.  It has an estate of $350,000 to $450,000.  It sold for $370,.000.

Jade pot

Lot 184, White jade "taotie" censer and cover, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, 5 1/2 inches high

Lot 184 is a fine white jade "taotie" censer and cover, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period.  It is 5 1/2 inches high.  It has an estimate of $120,000 to $180,000.  It sold for $370,000.

Celadon crane and deer vase

Lot 180, pale celadon "crane and deer" vase and cover, Qing Dynasty, 19th Century, 11 3/8 inches high

Lot 180 is a nice pale celadon "crane and deer" vase and cover from the Qing Dynasty, 19th Century.  It is 11 3/8 inches high.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $910,000!!!


Tibetan style dragon robe

Lot 215, Imperial yellow satin brocade Tibetan-style "Dragon" robe (chuba), Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period, 47 1/2 inches long

Lot 215 is a handsome Imperial yellow satin brocade Tibetan-style "Dragon" robe (chuba) from the Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period.  It is 47 1/2 inches long.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It failed to sell.

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