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Precious pots under the hammer

ABOUT 200 pieces of porcelain from masters of Jingdezhen, dating from the early 1920s to the present, will go under hammer at the Zijing Hotel in "China's capital of chinaware" next Tuesday.

The 2009 Auction of Jingdezhen International Art Porcelain is expected to be the biggest auction ever held in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province.

"Today more and more collectors are starting to realize the value behind modern Chinese porcelain wares," says auction spokeswoman Li Jing.

An international ceramics art fair will be held next month in Shanghai and the auction is considered a warm-up.

The highlight of the auction is a series of porcelain created during the period of the Republic of China (1912-49).

"Many collectors are crazy about ancient Chinese porcelain wares, while they neglect these pieces," Li says. "The prices of ancient porcelain wares are astronomical while more modern works are still affordable."

For example, a pot to hold paint brushes made by Wang Bu is estimated to fetch 30,000 to 40,000 yuan (US$4,400-5,860). It features birds and flowers in blue on a white glaze.

"Don't be surprised that some of today's porcelain works are more expensive than those from the past," Li says. "The ideas and arrangement of them are creative with a modern touch."

A major work is Wang Xiliang's "Birthday." The piece made in 1994 features a graceful young woman holding a tray of flowers on her head. Nearby is a deer, symbol of happiness and abundance.

Wang, born in 1922, is considered a key figure in modern ceramics.

This porcelain work is expected to fetch 1-1.5 million yuan.


Date: October 18-19, 10am-6pm


Date: October 20, 2pm

Address: 6/F, Zijing Hotel, 9 Zijing Lane, Changnan Rd, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province

Tel: (0798) 859-1695


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