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"Il n'y a en art, ni passé, ni futur. L'art qui n'est pas dans le présent ne sera jamais." (Pablo Picasso)
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    A pair of turquoise-glazed zhadou, Republican period

    Lot 330. A pair of turquoise-glazed zhadou, Republican period; 21.6 cm, 8 1/2  in. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 HKD. Lot sold 275,000 HKD (29,557 EUR). Photo Sotheby's.

    each with a hexalobed body rising from a stepped circular foot to a wide flaring rim, covered overall in a turquoise glaze, the base incised with an apocryphal Yongzheng seal mark.

    ProvenanceCollection of T.Y. Chao (1912-1999), and thence by descent in the family.

    Sotheby's. Chinese Art including Selected Works of Art from the T.Y. Chao Family Collection, Hong Kong, 30 Nov 2017


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    A Fahua-type sancai meiping, Ming dynasty

    Lot 404. A Fahua-type sancaimeiping, Ming dynasty; 26.1 cm, 10 1/4  in. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 HKD. Lot sold 40,000 HKD (4,299 EUR). Photo Sotheby's.

    decorated with floral sprays and butterflies, between jewelled garlands suspended around the neck and upright lappets encircling the foot, the design picked out in green against a yellow ground, the base unglazed revealing the buff-orange body.

    Sotheby's. Chinese Art including Selected Works of Art from the T.Y. Chao Family Collection, Hong Kong, 30 Nov 2017


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    A Yaozhou celadon vase, Northern Song dynasty

    Lot 405. A Yaozhou celadon vase, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127); 21.6 cm, 8 1/2  in. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 HKD. Lot sold 27,500 HKD (2,956 EUR). Photo Sotheby's.

    the tapering body rising from a splayed foot to a flared rim, incised with two lines around the shoulder, covered overall in a translucent olive-green glaze.

    Sotheby's. Chinese Art including Selected Works of Art from the T.Y. Chao Family Collection, Hong Kong, 30 Nov 2017


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    A green-glazed 'Mythical beast' jar, hu, Han dynasty

    Lot 406. A green-glazed 'Mythical beast' jar, hu, Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE); 35 cm, 13 3/4  in. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 HKD. Lot sold 27,500 HKD (2,956 EUR). Photo Sotheby's.

    the shoulder decorated in relief with a band of mythical beasts, divided by two taotie masks suspending mock rings, the body applied with a rich green glaze.

    Provenance: Christie's South Kensington, 6th July 1995, lot 405.

    Sotheby's. Chinese Art including Selected Works of Art from the T.Y. Chao Family Collection, Hong Kong, 30 Nov 2017


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    A Yue celadon ewer, Five Dynasties – Northern Song dynasty

    Lot 409. A Yue celadon ewer, Five Dynasties – Northern Song dynasty (907-1127); 13.9 cm, 5 1/2  in. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 HKD. Lot sold 25,000 HKD (2,687 EUR). Photo Sotheby's.

    of ovoid form, set with a strap handle opposite a short spout, covered overall in an olive-green glaze falling short of the foot.

    Provenance: Mayuyama & Co. Ltd, Tokyo.

    Sotheby's. Chinese Art including Selected Works of Art from the T.Y. Chao Family Collection, Hong Kong, 30 Nov 2017


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    A black-glazed 'oil-spot' bowl, Song dynasty

    Lot 410. A black-glazed 'oil-spot' bowl, Song dynasty; 9.2 cm, 3 5/8  in. Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 HKD. Lot sold 87,500 HKD (9,404 EUR). Photo Sotheby's.

    covered overall in a black-brown glaze suffused with iridescent purplish 'oil spots', falling short of the foot revealing the buff-orange body.

    Note: A similar bowl from the collection of Hirota Matsushige, published in the Illustrated Catalogues of Tokyo National Museum: Chinese Ceramics I, Tokyo, 1988, pl. 610. Compare also an 'oil spot' shallow bowl attributed to Shanxi in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Porcelain of the Song Dynasty, Vol. 1, Hong Kong, 1996, pl. 204. See also a closely related bowl sold in our New York rooms, 15th September 2015, lot 8.

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    A black-glazed 'oil-spot' bowl, Northern Song-Jin dynasty. Diameter 3  1/2  in., 8.9 cm. Sold for 68,750 USD at Sotheby's , 15th September 2015, lot 8. Photo Sotheby's.

    Cf. my post: A black-glazed 'oil-spot' bowl, Northern Song-Jin dynasty

    Sotheby's. Chinese Art including Selected Works of Art from the T.Y. Chao Family Collection, Hong Kong, 30 Nov 2017


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    A Longquan celadon dish, Song – Ming dynasty

    Lot 411. A Longquan celadon dish, Song – Ming dynasty; 16.8 cm, 6 5/8  in. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 HKD. Lot sold 875,000 HKD (94,044 EUR). Photo Sotheby's.

    with straight sides rising from a tapered foot to a flat everted rim, covered overall in a sea-green glaze.

    Sotheby's. Chinese Art including Selected Works of Art from the T.Y. Chao Family Collection, Hong Kong, 30 Nov 2017


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    A Dingyao white-glazed bottle vase, Song dynasty

    Lot 412. A Dingyao white-glazed bottle vase, Song dynasty (960-1279); 19.2 cm, 7 1/2  in. Estimate 150,000 — 200,000 HKD. Lot sold 400,000 HKD (42,991 EUR). Photo Sotheby's.

    the ovoid body rising from a spreading foot to a tall trumpet neck with a six-lobed foliate rim, covered overall in an ivory-white glaze.

    Sotheby's. Chinese Art including Selected Works of Art from the T.Y. Chao Family Collection, Hong Kong, 30 Nov 2017


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    A Jizhou 'papercut' bowl, Southern Song dynasty

    Lot 413. A Jizhou 'papercut' bowl, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279); 10.5 cm, 4 1/8 in. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 HKD. Lot sold 18,750 HKD (2,015 EUR). Photo Sotheby's.

    resist-decorated with three papercut floral sprays, reserved against a mottled black ground suffused with milky-blue streaks, the exterior covered in a black glaze with brown splashes, stopping short of the foot to reveal the buff-coloured body.

    Sotheby's. Chinese Art including Selected Works of Art from the T.Y. Chao Family Collection, Hong Kong, 30 Nov 2017


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    A Henan black-glazed 'oil spot' bowl, Northern Song–Jin dynasty

    Lot 414. A Henan black-glazed 'oil spot' bowl, Northern Song–Jin dynasty (960-1234); 11.5 cm, 4 1/2  in. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 HKD. Lot sold 100,000 HKD (10,748 EUR). Photo Sotheby's.

    applied with a black glaze suffused with a dense pattern of metallic 'oil spots', the lower half of the exterior and the base dressed in dark brownish-black slip.

    Sotheby's. Chinese Art including Selected Works of Art from the T.Y. Chao Family Collection, Hong Kong, 30 Nov 2017