rare Qing Dynasty bowl made for the Chinese emperor Kangxi fetched US$30.4
million (HK$239 million) at auction in Hong Kong on April 3, 2018, Sotheby's
The bowl, just under six inches (14.7 cm) in
diameter, is decorated with falangcai -- painted enamels combining Chinese and
Western techniques -- and flowers, including daffodils which are not typically
depicted on Chinese porcelain. Said to have been used by the emperor in
the early 18th century, it sold within
five minutes to an unnamed phone bidder from the "Greater China"
region, said chairman of Sotheby's Asia Nicolas Chow.
There are only three examples altogether that
use this beautiful pink (background) regarding this bowl created in an imperial workshop within Beijing's
Forbidden City by a small team of craftsmen, with the help of Jesuits from
Europe who had brought new techniques and materials, according to
Sotheby's. Last year a 1,000-year-old bowl from China's Song Dynasty sold
for US$37.7 million, a record for Chinese ceramics.