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Extremely rare Qing Dynasty bowl gets sold for $30.4 million at auction

  • An extremely rare Qing Dynasty bowl was sold at an action at USD30.4 million on Tuesday
  • The bowl is decorated with falangcai and flowers, including daffodils
  • It was said to have been used by the emperor in the early 18th century

On Tuesday, April 3, a very rare Qing Dynasty bowl which was made for the Chinese Emperor Kangxi was sold at an action at US$30.4 million.

The extremely rare bowl is decorated with falangcai – painted enamels combining Chinese and Western techniques – and flowers, including daffodils. Its diameter is just under 14.7cm.

The bowl was said to have been used by the emperor in the early 18th century.

According to Sotheby’s Asia chairman Nicolas Chow, it has been sold within just five minutes to an unnamed phone bidder from the “Greater China” region.

“This is the absolute finest example to exist. There are only three other examples altogether that use this beautiful pink (background),” Mr Chow said.

It also said that that bowl was created by a small team of craftsmen in an imperial workshop within Beijing’s Forbidden City.

Meanwhile, a 1,000-year-old bowl from China’s Song Dynasty was sold last year for USD37.7 million; a record for Chinese ceramics.