In 2014, mainland Chinese collector Liu Yiqian bought a
Ming dynasty Chenghua-period chicken cup from the European-based
Meiyintang collection, at a Sotheby’s auction for US$36
million. The record-breaking price brought public interest to the
chicken cup which was well-known in antique collecting circles.
The sale focussed attention on the topics of the Chenghua era,
Western collectors, and the contemporary mainland Chinese buyers.
This thesis examines these...[Show more]
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