Sotheby's Previews Ming Dynasty Bowl Valued At Over $10 Mln Set For Auction

Category: Media & Culture / Aug 29, 2013 8:37AM EDT
A rare blue and white 'palace bowl' of the Chenghua period (1465-87) is expected to fetch $10 million at a Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong in October, which would set a new record for a piece of that period.
"It's one of the most important pieces of Ming porcelain that we've had in the last 20 years. It's a so-called 'palace bowl', a bowl with the designs of flowers on the inside and the outside. It comes from the Chenghua period which is really the peak of material refinement in artistry at the kilns, at the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen," Sotheby's Deputy Chairman Asia, Nicholas Chow said on Wednesday (August 28).
Another highlight of the October 8 sale is a Tang Dynasty dry lacquer Buddha head, expected to fetch $2.6 million.
"Well it is one of the most moving images in early Chinese religious art. It's definitely the finest piece of Tang Buddhist art in private hands today. It's made in a very rare technique called dry lacquer whereby successive layers of lacquer are built on a sort of wooden and clay core. And that really afterwards, that allows afterwards incredibly fine detail that you see on this object," said Chow.
Chow said that it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as only seven examples of this kind still exist, mostly in museums.
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