NEW YORK, NY.- Bonhams
presented 50 years of Chinese Export Porcelain from the renowned gallery Cohen & Cohen on January 24 in New York. The 155 lots featured the best examples from the unique category that artistically fuses Western aesthetic with Chinese craftsmanship. The sale made a total of US$1,740,000 with 85% sold by lot and 98% by value.
Highlights from the sale include:
A furry of bidding for the US Hong at Canton documentary bowl finally achieved US$138,900, well above its estimate of US$60,000 - 80,000. The bowl is an important record of a short period of time through its British and Dutch flags, a pentimento of the American flag in its prior location, as well as the Philippine flag for The Real Compañia de Fliipinas (Royal Philippine Company).
Over three times its estimate, a pair of famille rose 'reclining ladies' (circa 1750) sold for US$75,900. The figures suggestion of pregnancy is further indicated through the Chinese metaphor that reading a book nourishes the growth of ideas in the mind, like a child developing in the womb.
Reaching above its estimate at US$62,100, was a Phoenix saucer dish (AD 1594), which is considered a remarkable discovery with little precedent for a documentary dish like this.
A rose-verte circular charger (Yongzheng period, 1723-35) sold for US$21,600, The sheer size and splendid decorative qualities of this brilliantly enameled charger explain why the finest famille rose porcelains caused a sensation when they begin to arrive in Europe after 1700.
A standing figure of a European Lady (Qianlong period, circa 1740), sold for US$88,500. This very rare large figure is modeled after an earlier print by Casper Luyken that illustrated figures in 17th century Jewish costumes.
Three massive blue and white peacock charges (Kangxi period, circa 1700), sold for US$40,600. These elaborate and high-quality chargers are fine examples of pieces that were very popular for displays in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, often in special rooms called 'porcelain cabinets'.