Looks Like the Asian Antiquities Market is Hot Again.
LONDON – An 18th century Chinese porcelain vase discovered when a house was cleared out was sold Thursday at a London auction for 43 million pounds ($69.3 million).
Bainbridges, the auction house, said that the final price for the 16-inch vase — an imperially commissioned piece decorated with a fish motif — far exceeded the pre-auction estimated price, which was about 1.2 million pounds.
The final amount was thought to be among the highest ever paid for any Chinese artwork sold at auction…
I’ll just let the thing speak for itself. You know I used to dabble in this line of work. So it goes. At any rate, this vase displays the “classic” famille-rose palette, with a reticulated base and expertly rendered floral detail – as well is should, for $69.3 Million. I cannot tell from this photo if the fish — carp — are in relief or not. It should be noted that in East Asia the carp is a symbol of strength and endurance. Hiroshima’s professional baseball team is the Carp. The Hiroshima Carp. Also note: scurrilous rumors notwithstanding, there’s no evidence the vase in question leaks.