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Giant silk China scroll sells for over £19 million

Posted by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 8:05 PM
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Giant silk China scroll sells for over £19 million

A giant 18th-century Chinese silk scroll painting of a military troop review has been sold at auction for more than £19 million in France.

A giant 18th-century Chinese silk scroll painting of a military troop review has been sold at auction for more than £19 million in France.
The scroll depicts thousands of soldiers painted in miniature dating from the reign of Emperor Qianlong Photo: AFP

The work, found in a Paris attic and sold in Toulouse by auctioneer Marc Labarbe, is one of a series of four works of 17th-century army manoeuvres that mobilised some 20,000 men.

A Hong Kong collector, who asked to remain anonymous, made the winning bid on Saturday after a bidding war with seven others.

The 79 feet long horizontal scroll was painted around 1748 under Emperor Qianlong.

One of the four scrolls is in the Palace Museum of Beijing, and another was auctioned off in 2008 at Sotheby's in Hong Kong – for $67.86 million.


a bit rich for my blood.. but that is a beautiful piece of art.


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romalove
by Roma on Mar. 28, 2011 at 8:45 PM

This post makes me want to flea market again.  Can't wait until it gets warm enough to do so again in a few weeks.  :-)

tericared
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 9:29 PM

That is beautiful.................

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