Song dynasty play shatters universe record for Chinese ceramics, fetches $37.7 million in HK sale

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HONG KONG (Reuters) – A scarcely 900-year-old porcelain Song dynasty play crushed a universe auction record for Chinese ceramics on Tuesday, offered for HK$294.3 million ($37.68 million) during a Sotheby’s sale in Hong Kong.

The small, blue-green object pennyless a prior record, also set in a sale in Hong Kong, when a 500-year-old majestic “chicken” crater from a Ming dynasty Chenghua duration sole for HK$281.2 million ($36.0 million) in 2014, Sotheby’s said.

The 13-cm (5-inch) bowl, used to rinse brushes, was dismissed in a famed Northern Song dynasty (960-1127) kilns in Ruzhou, and was sole to an unknown customer after a 20-minute behest battle.

Such “Ru guanyao” things — famous for their heated blue-green glitter and “ice-crackle” settlement — are intensely singular since a kiln in China’s executive Henan range had a brief prolongation run of usually around dual decades.

The bowl, from a Chang Foundation in Taiwan’s Hongxi Museum, is one of usually 4 famous pieces of Ru heirlooms in private hands. Since 1940, no some-more than 6 Ru vessels have ever seemed during auction, according to ceramics consultant Regina Krahl.

“We’ve had in final 20 years a outrageous arrange of liquid of mainland Chinese buyers. We’re stuffing a room with new prices, new seductiveness and that’s what’s unequivocally driven a cost today,” pronounced Sotheby’s Asia emissary authority Nicolas Chow, who declined to exhibit a nationality of a buyer.

Writing by Venus Wu; Editing by James Pomfret and Kim Coghill

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