Rare Chinese and Japanese Artistry Steals the Show at Christie’s

Christie’s, a name synonymous with excellence in the international art market, is set to unveil a breathtaking collection of nearly 250 artworks carefully curated by the scions of Three Dealing Dynasties originating from London, Paris, and Geneva.

This highly anticipated event, scheduled for auction on the 23rd of May 2024, promises to be a showcase of artistic treasures meticulously collected and cherished by these esteemed families for generations.

A Legacy of Artistic Excellence

The Three Dealing Dynasties, with roots deeply embedded in the fabric of the international art scene, have been pivotal in shaping tastes and trends for nearly a century.

Renowned for their discerning eye and unwavering commitment to quality, these dynasties have amassed a collection that transcends mere aesthetics; each piece holds a story, a legacy of passion and dedication passed down through generations.

From the bustling streets of London to the cultural hubs of Paris and Geneva, the influence of these dynasties reverberates across continents, leaving an indelible mark on the art world.

Amelia Walker, Christie’s Specialist Head of Private and Iconic Collections in London, exudes enthusiasm as she anticipates the unveiling of this remarkable collection. “We are thrilled to present such a broad, colourful, and fascinating group of works of art for sale in London this May,” she remarks.

Rare Chinese and Japanese Artistry Steals the Show at Christie’s
The Salon Geneva

With each artwork carefully selected by seasoned experts, this collection represents the culmination of a lifetime of passion and dedication to the arts. From opulent palaces to quaint country estates, these treasures have adorned the homes of discerning collectors, their allure transcending time and place.

Exploring Chinese and Japanese Artistry

The sale offers a captivating glimpse into the rich tapestry of Chinese and Japanese ‘Export’ art, a testament to centuries of cultural exchange and artistic innovation. From delicate porcelain figurines to intricate cloisonné enamel vases, each piece is a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of Eastern artisans.

These artworks, once treasured by royalty and nobility, have journeyed across continents, captivating collectors with their exotic beauty and timeless appeal.

Among the highlights are a rare famille verte model of an elephant from the Qing Dynasty, a magnificent pair of cloisonné enamel ‘elephant and vase’ groups, and ornate cloisonné enamel parrot-form censers and covers, each a masterpiece in its own right.

Unravelling 18th-Century Marvels

During the 18th century, European craftsmen sought to elevate the allure of Eastern artworks through meticulous embellishments. The sale features a selection of ormolu-mounted Asian objects, showcasing the fusion of Eastern and Western aesthetics.

Rare Chinese and Japanese Artistry Steals the Show at Christie’s
Two Arita Models Of Hounds

These exquisite pieces, meticulously crafted by skilled artisans, evoke a sense of luxury and refinement synonymous with the era. Among the highlights are Louis XVI ormolu-mounted Japanese Imari porcelain brûle-parfums and Chinese export models of parrots, each bearing the hallmarks of superior craftsmanship and artistic ingenuity.

French Elegance in Furniture and Decorative Arts

The auction also boasts an impressive array of French furniture and decorative arts, each piece a testament to the opulence and sophistication of the era. From exquisite ormolu-mounted tables to intricately carved wall lights, these treasures exemplify the finest in French craftsmanship.

Among the highlights are neoclassical hardstone objects attributed to renowned artisans such as Pierre Gouthière and Jean-Henri Riesener, each piece a masterpiece of design and innovation.

With a nod to the past and a vision for the future, these artworks continue to captivate enthusiasts and collectors alike, their beauty enduring through the ages.

Preserving Artistic Heritage

With a total of twenty-seven clocks on offer, including a Louis XIV ormolu-mounted table clock, the sale pays homage to the legacy of master craftsmen. These intricately designed timepieces, once cherished possessions of esteemed collectors, serve as a testament to human ingenuity and artistic excellence.

Rare Chinese and Japanese Artistry Steals the Show at Christie’s
A Pair Of Louis XIV Ormolu Single Branch Wall Lights

From the ornate Boulle marquetry to the exquisite Savonnerie panels, each piece reflects a bygone era, a time when artistry and craftsmanship were held in the highest regard.

As collectors converge to bid on these illustrious artworks, they partake in a journey through history, preserving the rich tapestry of artistic heritage for generations to come.


Christie’s upcoming spring sale promises to be a celebration of artistic excellence and cultural heritage. From rare Chinese and Japanese artefacts to exquisite French masterpieces, each piece tells a story of craftsmanship, innovation, and timeless beauty.

As enthusiasts and collectors converge to bid on these illustrious artworks, they embark on a journey through centuries of artistic ingenuity. With a legacy spanning generations, these treasures continue to inspire awe and admiration, their allure transcending time and place.

Images: Christie’s

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