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Top jade auction prices in 2007

The publishing house Artouch (www.artouch.com) in Taipei, Taiwan is publishing each year an overview with the title “Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Auction”. In this soft cover book the editors of Artouch list in a very complete and systematic way the items offered by key auction houses during the previous calendar year. It contains a large section on jade items which, in the 2008 edition covering the 2007 auctions, shows on 135 pages approximately 1000 jades.

 

For each jade a short description of the item is given together with the auction house name, lot number, auction date and items size. The information is completed with the estimated price range and the realized final price. A list of Chinese art auctions and the addresses of the auction houses completes the information. The book, with a total of 773 pages includes also chapters on other Chinese art items such as ceramics, ancient pottery and ceramics, ancient bronze, sculptures, furniture, snuff bottles and ancillary works of art.


    Volume 2005 is out of print!
  

 

I have selected the top 10 items of 2007 and present them here for your information and personal enjoyment. The conversion into US dollar is based on the 11/2008 exchange rate

 

 

 

Position 10

Auction date 10/9 – Sotheby’s – Lot 1310 – length 43cm

A superbly carved white jade “Ruyi” scepter, Qianlong period

HK 3,000,000 – 4,000,000 – HK 8,272,500 (US$ 1,126,202)

 

 

Position 9

Auction date 10/9 – Sotheby’s – Lot 1332 – Book 8x6.6cm – Box: 13.8x12.1x8cm

An imperial “Prajnaparamita Sutra” jade book together with its craved zitan box and cover, Qianlong period

HK 4,500,000 – 6,000,000 – HK 10,183,500 (US$ 1,131,085)

 

 

Position 8

Auction date 10/9 – Sotheby’s – Lot 1210 – height 19.8cm

An exceptional and very large rare yellow jade double carp vase, mark and period Qianlong

HK 8,000,000 – 10,000,000 – HK 10,631,500 (US$ 1,371,895)

 

 

Position 7

Auction date 11/27 – Christies – Lot 1543 – height 20.3cm

An important yellow jade vase and cover, 13th – 17th century

HK 3,000,000 – 5,000,000 – HK 12,087,500 (US$ 1,559,778)

 

 

Position 6

Auction date 3/22 – Christies – Lot 132

A very rare and important set of ten inscribed white jades, Song Dynasty and later

US$ 400,000 – 600,000 – US$ 1,832,000

 

 

Position 5

Auction date 11/27 – Christies – Lot 1511 – diameter 25cm

A magnificent pair of white jade circular screens, Qianlong period

HK 6,000,000 – 5,000,000 – HK 18,247,500 (US$ 2,354,668)

 

 

Position 4

Auction date 10/9 – Sotheby’s – Lot 1334 – height 15.3cm

An exquisitely carved white jade “pine” brush pot, Qianlong period

HK 6,000,000 – 8,000,000 – HK 18,807.500 (US$ 2,426.931)

This same brush pot had been auctioned in 2003 by Sotheby’s and fetched then HK 1,742,400!

 

 

Position 3

Auction date 4/8 – Sotheby’s – Lot 603 – 30.8cm disc 23.8cm

An exceptionally large and extremely rare dated zitan stand with a mounted archaic jade bi, Eastern Han dynasty, the inscription and the stand date to the Gengyin year (1890)

HK 34,480,000 (US$ 4,449,319)

 

 

Position 2

Auction date 4/8 – Sotheby’s – Lot 602 – box 12cm, ring diameter 3cm

An extraordinary group of seven jade imperial archer’s rings with its original fitted cinnabar box and cover, mark and period Qianlong

HK 47,360,000 (US$ 6,111,362)

 

 

Position 1

Auction date 11/27 – Christies – Lot 1518 – diameter 19.5cm

A magnificent white jade cylindrical brush pot, Qianlong period

HK 10,000,000 – 15,000,000 – HK 54,087,500 (US$ 6,979,668)

 

 

Next to these magnificent items also imperial seals in jade made the headlines with extraordinary prices realized in auctions

 

 

Auction date 3/20 – Sotheby’s – Lot 626 – 13x13cm

The “Shi Quan Zhi Bao” an extremely important imperial green jade seal, Qianlong period

US$ 800,000 – 1,000,000 – US$ 1,608,000

 

 

Auction date 11/27 – Christies – Lot 1861 – 8.2x8.2x8cm

An important imperial “Emperor Emeritus” with jade seal, Qianlong period

HK 6,000,000 – 8,000,000 – HK 16,007,500 (US$ 2,065,617)

 

 

Auction date 10/9 – Sotheby’s – Lot 1303 – 12.6x2.6cm, 2.6cmx1.6cm

A pair of very fine white jade imperial “Dragon” seals, Qianlong period

HK 5,000,000 – 7,000,000 – HK 16,007,500 (?) (US$ 2,065,617)

 

 

 Auction date 10/9 – Sotheby’s – Lot 1301 – 4.5cm

An important and superb imperially inscribed “Tai Shang Huang Di” white jade seal, mark and period Qianlong

HK 15,000,000 – 20,000,000 – HK 46,247,500 (US$ 5,967,804)

 

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