A blue and white Chinese vase dating from 18th-century China defied expectations during Skinner Auction House’s “Asian Art Works Online” sale, which took place earlier this month.
The blue and white vase went under the hammer for $1,608,500 after 16 bidders volleyed bids at a stunning pace, despite its conservative pre-sale estimate between $5,000 and $10,000.
The prestigious vase realized more than half of the total of Skinner’s “Asian Art Works Online” sale, which brought in $2.5 million to the Boston-based auction house.
The vase, which features an elongated pear-shape and lotus-flower mouth opening, was discovered in the country home of an anonymous New England family, where it had been for generations.
According to the sale’s catalogue, this lotus-mouthed bottle vase is “nearly identical” to another Yongzheng vase of the same form that sold for over HK$23 million (around $2.96 million) in 2011 at Sotheby’s Hong Kong.
Skinner’s Asian art specialist Judith Dowling told Artnet News that this bottle vase has the particularity of carrying two reign marks on the bottom, namely a six-character Yongzheng mark and a double circle.
Additional highlights of Skinner’s “Asian Art Works Online” sale include an Archaic Inlaid Bronze Hu Vessel and a feline plaque from a unique group of Warring States gold objects, which respectively sold for $59,375 and $23,750.
A rare silver-inlaid bronze sundial from the 18th century also went under the hammer for $336,500, with Skinner stating that only a handful of these angbu-ilgu sundials reportedly remain in existence nowadays.