Chinese original porcelain originated more than 3,000 years ago. "China" and "china" are the same word in English, which fully shows that the exquisiteness of Chinese porcelain can be regarded as a representative of China.
The production process of high-grade porcelain is very difficult, so there is no shortage of fine porcelain collections in the ancient royal family. Today, let's take a look at the nine most expensive pieces of porcelain in the history of Chinese collections!
1. Qing qianlong pastel hollowed out heart vase ——清乾隆粉彩镂空转心瓶
The hollowed-out revolving bottle is a new type of bottle created in the Qing Dynasty. A rotatable inner bottle is set inside the hollowed-out bottle. When the inner bottle is rotated, different pictures can be seen through the holes in the outer bottle.
In 2010, the Bainbridge auction house sold it at a high price equivalent to RMB 550 million, which is also the highest price for Chinese art transactions in the world so far.
2. Ming Chenghua Doucai Chicken Cup ——明成化斗彩鸡缸杯
The Chenghua Doucai Chicken Cup is an artistic treasure in ceramics, which belongs to the imperial wine cup of the Chenghua Emperor in the Ming Dynasty.
On April 8, 2014, at Sotheby's Hong Kong Spring Auction, it set a new world auction record for Chinese porcelain at HK$281.24 million (approximately RMB 249 million). The buyer was Liu Yiqian, founder of Shanghai Long Museum.
The main body is decorated with "Guiguzi going down the mountain", which describes the story of Sun Bin's master Guiguzi going down the mountain to rescue Sun Bin and Dugu Chen.
The artifact was sold for £14 million at Christie's auction in London on July 12, 2005, or £15.688 million (approximately RMB 230 million) after commission, setting the highest auction record for Chinese art in the world at that time.
4. Long-necked gourd vase with a long-necked gourd vase in the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty ——清乾隆浅黄地洋彩锦上添花万寿连延图长颈葫芦瓶
The decorative patterns painted on this long-necked gourd bottle are colorful and varied, overlapping and interlaced, and the composition is exquisite and colorful.
The bottle was finally bought by Hong Kong collector Zhang Yongzhen for HK$252.66 million (about 226.3 million yuan) at an auction held at Sotheby's in Hong Kong on October 7, 2010.
Ru kiln is the pinnacle of Chinese porcelain, and there are only 79 Ru kiln products left in the world. A large part of the reason why Ru kiln is precious is that in the Northern Song Dynasty, it was an official kiln only for the court. Since the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, Ru porcelain has been hidden in the palace and regarded as a treasure. Therefore, there is a saying among the people that "even if you have a wealth of wealth, it is not as good as a piece of Ru porcelain".
In April 2012, at the Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong, it was finally sold by telephone bidders for 207.86 million Hong Kong dollars (about 183.9 million yuan).
It belongs to Ming Yongle blue-and-white porcelain. It has finely repaired tires and no joints. The carcass is light and thin, the glaze is smooth, and there are few handed down products. It is very precious.
In 2011, it was sold for 168.66 million Hong Kong dollars (about 149.2 million yuan) at Sotheby's in Hong Kong.
7. Qing Dynasty Qianlong Imperial Enamel Bowl with Apricot Forest and Spring Swallow ——清乾隆御制珐琅彩杏林春燕图碗
The bowl is painted with apricot blossoms in full bloom, green willows blowing in the spring breeze, and double swallows flying together. On the side, there are poems inscribed in regular script written by Emperor Qianlong. The bowl is beautiful in shape, warm in white glaze and exquisite in craftsmanship. It is a masterpiece of Qianlong enamel porcelain.
At Christie's Hong Kong auction on November 28, 2006, collector Dr. Zhang Yongzhen bought it for 151.23 million Hong Kong dollars (about 133.8 million yuan).