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Ming Dynasty jar fetches $27.4 m at auction

By Lin Qi | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2017-11-28 15:21
This polychrome jar from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) fetched HK$213.9 million ($27.4 million) at Christie's auction on Nov 27, 2017. [Photo provided to China Daily]

A 16th-century polychrome jar that once adorned Chinese imperial palaces fetched HK$213.9 million ($27.4 million) at Christie's auction on Monday night.

The spherical porcelain object depicts a playful scene of several animated fishes swimming in a pond, surround by colorful algae.

The jar exemplifies the maturity of producing wucai (five enamels) ware during the reign of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Emperor Jiajing.

It was fired at least three times: first a layer of qinghua cobalt blue patterns, then a coating of glaze and after that, another layer of colors, including yellow, red and green.

It sold for HK$44 million at auction in 2000, then a world record for Chinese porcelains.

The fish jar was in a private collection of 13 imperial objects from the Ming Dynasty that was put under the hammer at Christie's.

A qinghua cobalt blue basin from the early 15th century in the same collection grossed HK$14.5 million.

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