Even the most ordinary Chinese people, probably of bronze sculpture can say a few familiar names to their own, such as Si Mu Wu Ding generous, four sheep, square statue, Mao Gongding and so on. But when the banks of the Pearl River in Guangzhou Star River into the bronze collectors Yu Jian full of classic charm of the house, the collection-level bronze own hands when playing, can truly appreciate the kind of experience after 30 years of years of sedimentation vicissitudes of the United States.
Yu Jian The first impression is a warm and humble Scholar. His father was the ancient architects, art and paintings of ancient architecture have deep knowledge, by family influence a child he was of Chinese traditional culture and art have a desire and cherish. In a world famous bronze mirror Hueiji Shaoxing growth, suffering from cultural influence Yue, Yu Jian, fell in love with since childhood that vigorous dignified bronze intrinsic beauty. This experience also affects the orientation of his collection, that he had just over forty years, we had already become a bronze collection.
After graduating from college, Yu Jian soon began trading company in the world-renowned American Atico Enterprises Limited (Atico) work. As a result of need, he travel to the United States every year, was in the early 1990s, a substantial rise of the Chinese collection has not been hot, he would take the job, often around the world to visit the local public or private museums. Yu Jian, to settle abroad in 2009, 2002, he founded his own international trading company Newclassic, began to come into contact with the world’s top collectors and art auction, since he became an international auction of several top VIP customers.
Yu Jian reputation in the domestic collectors although not significant, but the bronze collection in overseas market is a rising star. Bronzes from collection since 2000, his collection includes early Warring States bronze gold and silver inlay taotie shop first, the early Western Zhou Dynasty cicada pattern fill paint a large tripod, the early Western Zhou Gui volume body Kui dragons, Warring States princely sword, Sui Bao Mountain pregnancy floral mirror, nearly 20 fine.
One Warring States gold and silver inlay taotie first shop was in France before World War II the largest antique dealer Wan Nie Branch (Wannieck) family collection, the world of similar size, shape, decoration and collections in addition to the same period of the gold and silver inlay pattern different people Grievance This shop is just outside the first pair, as the jewels of the isolated products. Western Zhou Dynasty cicada pattern large tripod is the Republican big collectors hatred inflammation of the collection the, and later was with Zhangbo Ju, Chang par, “the 20th century, paintings collection six people,” the king has moved to collection, Yu Jian because of this important collection lay in the overseas bronze collectors in the position. Dragon Gui Zhou Kui vortex itself is a 2004 Sotheby’s auction proceeds, when Sotheby’s expert team verified that the time is not later than the unearthed Gui Ming Dynasty, the Forbidden City another regardless of the volume control body Kui Dragon Gui shape, decoration, size, hull pulp is almost exactly the same package, most likely hidden in the original Qing collection one pair in one of them.
bronze statue in the collection before the collection is mainly Yu Jian Ming and Qing porcelain. He had photographed overseas auction Yu Hu Chun Yuan Longquan Celadon bottle, Kangxi Tzu was colorful, “Zheng Qian Xianbao” Figure Pteris respect, “Yongzheng Emperor” Pastel Gods Bowl, etc. 50 more than fine.
Said he is most proud of in the early Warring States bronze collections Shop taotie wrong the first time Kim, Yu Jian Nan Yi excitement. In 2009 he came with a host of France’s top private museums that own bronze looking for something different, mainly because the current collection of ritual and bronze mirror-like collections. I did not expect was to find this shocking display in the Museum’s most central location of the early Warring States period gold and silver inlay shop first, it is interesting that the first shop on Kamijina delivery of possession by the famous shipping from nearly a century, this private museum was only the fourth day.
Yu Jian, recalls: “I was completely shocked to see it, save with such a good product, process so exquisite, but I first discovered gold and silver inlay technique used in a large area of ??the complex three-dimensional shapes Loudiao bronzes, even at the time decided to join together all the expense. “This is the first shop to be his biggest career collection single investment was almost exhausted all of his working capital. But two years later, he’s very glad to grasp this was an opportunity missed because of the scarcity of works of art that may be life-long regret.
This is the reason for the scarcity of the first shop, the first is from the process point of view should be dedicated to the Warring States emperor device, most likely from the style analysis model for the famous monarch Jin Chong Er’s Princess Palace relics, was buried buried. Even then shocking tomb unearthed chinese bronze, the highest level there is only gold-filled craft, because it was only a vassal king Zenghouyi level, the limited size of gold and silver can not be used in the wrong process. Second, specification of up to 30 cm, is by far the largest size of the emperor discovered the fault of gold and silver doors dedicated chambers shop first. Finally, in the tradition of orderly hunyuan in Shanxi since 1923 after being unearthed in Lee Yu Nie French antique dealer Wan Branch repurchase France, handed possession of the family until the 1970s to switch hidden in the European aristocratic elite private museum in France last Tibet, Yu Jian has been obtained by chance.
Its with unearthed 40 other pieces of Li Yu bronze, now are in the Shanghai Museum collection 11, the Taipei Palace Museum 3, French Guimet Museum 15 (million Nie Division donation), United States 5, the rest of Europe and the private collection of extremely rare . He recently returned with these items, the Friends of Tibet with the exchange, the Shanghai Museum’s librarian on this work of art much appreciated.
Yu Jian for 2009 is a good year, the financial tsunami, many private museums in Europe on business cash flow problems arise, many in the market a rare collection started out. For example, in early 2009, Christie’s spring auction in New York held a private American collector Arthur M. Sackler Museum (Arthur Sacker Museum) Bronze Auction, Yu Jian, bought a three bronzes: Early Western Zhou Ding Wen Kui Cover phoenix, the Western Han Dynasty bronze Suzaku pattern with painted cover dowry, the late Warring States Turquoise princely sword inlaid with gold. But by 2009 autumn auction of special Sackler average transaction price has suddenly increased by more than 3 times, to the Sackler collection 2010 spring auction market price is already higher than the spring of 2009 shot up 10 times, and this year the market price of bronze dragon standard device has tripled.
Statistics show that in 2009 Christie’s autumn auction in New York, Sackler’s special collections, the early Western Zhou Kui Wen Gui price shot to $ 362,500, for the starting price of 18 times. Autumn auction in 2010 the company launched the first decade together Chinese bronze collection the special shot special from the source, the total transaction price reached 2,075.1 million (approximately 14,083.71 million yuan), 98 traded goods prices in the 24 over one million yuan, of which four price over 10 million yuan, the auction of Chinese bronzes in Europe and prices move up on the market to a new level. By the end of March this year, spring auctions in New York, a 20 cm high price of West Zhou Xiaoding up $ 662,500, 65 times higher than the valuation, the value of china bronze sculpture return to this kicked off.