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900-Years Old Chinese Bowl Auctioned For $38 Million

Chinese Bowl

An extremely rare and ancient Chinese bowl smashed the world auction record for Chinese ceramics, selling for HK$294.3 million ($37.68 million) at a Sotheby’s sale in Hong Kong.
The small 13-cm (5-inch) blue-green bowl from China’s Northern Song dynasty (960-1127) was sold to an anonymous phone bidder and thus beat the previous record also set in a sale in Hong Kong, when a 500-year-old imperial “chicken” cup from the Ming dynasty Chenghua period sold for HK$281.2 million ($36.0 million) in 2014.

Chinese Bowl

The bowl which was used to wash brushes, was in pristine condition, which is noteworthy given its age.
Such “Ru guanyao” wares – known for their intense blue-green glaze and “ice-crackle” pattern – are extremely rare because the kiln in China’s central Henan province had a brief production run of only around two decades.
Nicolas Chow, deputy chairman of Sotheby’s Asia explained, “Wares of this type, which were made exclusively for the use of the Northern Song court, were produced at the imperial Ru kilns over a relatively short timeframe—perhaps no more than two decades during the late 11th and early 12th centuries.” He went on to add, “Ru ware is the most celebrated ware in the history of Chinese ceramics.”

Chinese Bowl

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Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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