Stuttgart auctioneers Nagel achieved a new German auction record for Oriental art when they sold a Yongzheng mark and period wine pot and cover for €2.8m (£2.37m).
Bidders did not have long to wait for the
most spectacular result of a 2700-lot series. Lot 51, the 5in
(13cm) high early 18th century Imperial doucai wine pot and cover,
came from a collection in the Rhineland. The owner bought it at
Sotheby's in December 1984.
Doucai porcelain was very difficult to
produce, as it required two firings, the first for the outline of
the design at high temperature, the second for the overglaze
coloured enamels at a lower temperature.
The Stuttgart wine pot was painted in
delicate colours with the so-called Three Friends of
Winter:bamboo, blossoming plum and pine trees. In Chinese
iconography these are symbols of longevity and perseverance, as
they flourish even in adverse conditions.
The successful bidder on May 8, an overseas
collector, certainly showed signs of perseverance when he took on
the mass competition in the room and on the phones. Bidding started
at the lower estimate of €800,000.
The recent London and UK regional sales of
Oriental works of art, that also included some outstanding results,
will be reported in a future issue.
The buyer's premium at Nagel was 33%.