Style Court

Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Chinese Export Art Auctions at Christie's

Two important auctions of Chinese export art and porcelain take place this week at Christie's New York. The Hodroff Collection: Chinese Export Porcelain from the Collection of Leo & Doris Hodroff will be auctioned January 24, and the Chinese Export Art sale is January 23.

Even if you have no plans to place a bid, browsing the online auction catalog is fun and educational. It's filled with vivid images and also free and easy to browse.

Pictured top to bottom: A pair of 19th century Famille Rose court figures, and a pair of Kangxi iron-red and gilt sleeve vases, freely painted with two ribbon-tied chrysanthemum bouquets, with a border of lotus below.


The Peak of Chic said...

Thanks Style Court. Can't wait to look through the catalogue. Do you collect Chinese Export? I collect porcelain, but not Chinese Export- def. want to start, though!

Style Court said...

Hi peak of chic,
Hope you enjoy the catalogue! My grandfather collected it, and I guess I've purchased a couple of things in the Chinese Export category, but only one piece, a lamp, is porcelain.

Anonymous said...

Hi Courtney, thank you for the tips on Atlanta. I'm looking forward to seeing the shops that are there. Also, I didn't realize you could peruse the online auctions at Christie's and I really like your suggestion about how educational it is. I think a lot of people are intimidated by something like that and you have brought it down to accessability. Finally, I wanted to tell you that I just saw your "Rooms in progress" link and they look so lovely and well edited. Do you know anything about that white lamp? Interestingly, I am about to buy an antique one almost identical to it but shorter so I did a double take when I saw yours!

Style Court said...

Hi Pink!
Many thanks for the kind words. I was told the lamp is mid-20th-century, so not a true antique. It looks just like what is usually described as Japanese pierced porcelain. Although, I found it at a Chinese antique shop -- Mandarin Antiques on Miami Circle in Atlanta if you're interested. Mandarin mostly deals in kind of precious stuff but they are adding more reproductions and vintage items. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed.

Have a great trip!

Style Court said...

Here is a link that might be helpful:

** Terramia ** said...

You have sparked a new and intriguing interest for me... thanks! Love to delve into new and wonderful design domains..

Now, don't be scared off, but you are "it". You have been officially tagged by a blogging bud (just because I adore your site so much!)

The "weirdness" has taken over the design blogoshere and you're next! (Corny, I know.. but I got hit by K-Style)

Hop on over to my blog and check it out, if you dare. /T (:

ALL THE BEST said...

Thanks for the great post! I'm a huge fan of Chinese Export. I also LOVE Imari (Japanese export porcelain). I just started collecting Imari. I'll have to post some photos of my pieces.

Style Court said...

ALB, glad you liked this one!

Terramia, I'm flattered! I'll have to check IT out ...

Anonymous said...

It looks likw a treasure trove; thank you. All the best, please do show. Courtney - we've all been tagged and can't wait to see you 'fess up!

Style Court said...


One thing I will say is strange about me: I've never seen Top Chef and instead am fascinated by the Sotheby's podcast on the upcoming Made in Imperial China auction. But I do plan to give Top Design a try :)