from Blouinartinfo/Nicholas Forrest, the following report :
French auction house Pierre Bergé & Associés has set a new record for a Chinese seal, selling an 18th-century imperial seal to a Chinese collector for €21,000,000 during its December 14 Extrême-Orient sale at Hotel Drouot in Paris – more than 20 times its estimate.
Owned by Emperor Qianlong, the palm-sized Qianlong period (1736-1795) red and beige soapstone seal is decorated with nine stylized dragons chasing the sacred pearl through the clouds. The dragon is a symbol of imperial authority, the pearl a symbol of imperial power and immortality, and the number nine, being the highest single digit number, a symbol of masculinity.
Alice Jossaum, an expert in Asian art at Drouot, told AFP that the seal was remarkable for its colour, which she described as being “very red, almost blood.”
“This seal was used to sign paintings by Emperor Qianlong himself, along with calligraphy,” Jossaum said. “The markings underneath the seal reiterate the famous saying: ‘Emperor Qianlong's paint brush,’ meaning everything he had painted or written himself,” she added, also stating that “the Qianlong period is highly prized, it’s flourishing, it’s the absolute pinnacle.”
from FIAPCE, the following report :
Untitled Document from 1973 on a single sheet of Arches paper two broad-brushed black-squarish washes of thin pigment sealed eight times across two rows of asymmetric four.
AAA_Art Archive Australiafrom TAR, the following report :
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