The sale on September 19, featured an impressive array of Asian artefacts, but it was the Chinese Celadon ink pot which smashed the top end of its pre-sale estimate.

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The piece bears marks from the era of Emperor Kangxi, who ruled the Qing dynasty from 1662 to 1722.

The Kangxi Emperor at the age of 45, painted in 1699 Image via Che Bing Chiu: Yuanming Yuan: le jardin de la Clarté parfaite. Paris 2000 The Kangxi Emperor at the age of 45, painted in 1699
Image via Che Bing Chiu: Yuanming Yuan: le jardin de la Clarté parfaite. Paris 2000

Emperor Kangxi was known for his interest in the arts and his reconstruction of the Jungdezhen kilns in 1682. As a result, the Kangxi era marked an important period for the advancement of Chinese art. Over 300 years later, works from this period are clearly still in high demand on the market.

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