Today, Thursday, November 10, it was auctioned at Sotheby`s the first Chinese firearm with imperial mark for a total of $ 2,461,400. The weapon, an exquisitely designed rifle produced in imperial workshops, was created for Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty, arguably the greatest collector and patron of the arts in Chinese history.
Robert Bradlow, Senior Director of Chinese Artworks at Sotheby`s, stated that «This weapon is one of the most significant Chinese treasures in this auction. The result of today's auction will be remembered as one of the historic sales of a Chinese object that symbolizes the pinnacle of imperial crafts during the Qing dynasty.«.
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