Over the past two years, Christie’s has made significant strides in its e-commerce platform with exclusive online sales for wine, fashion, Post-War and Contemporary art and pop culture. This month, Christie’s launched two online-exclusive sales for ‘Chinese Works of Art'—Blanc de Chine: Dehua Porcelain from the Galster-Ireland Collection and Miniature Treasures: Chinese Snuff Bottles from a Private New York Collection.
Two rare and unsual vignettes of a theater scene
Blanc de Chine: Dehua Porcelain from the Galster-Ireland Collection will run through July 23, offering 57 lots of exquisite Chinese porcelain. The sale features works dating from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and will offer new and seasoned collectors the opportunity to obtain rare, decorative and classic blanc de chine porcelains, all covered in the luminous white and ivory-toned glazes used at the Dehua kilns.
Multi-armed tantric figure of Guanyin 17th/18th-century
Formed over a 60-year period, the Galster-Ireland Collection reveals the keen, self-trained eye of a dedicated collector, with each piece exhibiting a different and endearing quality.
The second sale will run from through July 29 and feature 76 lots of unusual bottles, in glass, porcelain, jade and various other hardstones, as well as rare scholarly books that focus on an array of topics, from Chinese porcelain to Buddhist cave paintings.
Sepia-decorated black-ground porcelain bottle
Collected over a period of 30 years, the sale of snuff bottles offers a selection of outstanding examples in a broad range of materials including glass, various hardstones, porcelain, amber and coral.
A carved red overlay blue glass snuff bottle
Highlights include a finely carved red-overlay glass bottle carved with blossoming prunus trees and birds and a finely carved cameo agate snuff bottle, cleverly carved utilizing the darker brown markings with a badger seated on rockwork.