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    CHINESE WORKS OF ART AT SOTHEBY’S HONG KONG

    Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

    A themed sale dedicated to the Tianminlou Collection will highlight the Chinese Works of Art Spring Sale series at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on April 3. Sotheby’s Asia chairman Nicholas Chow said: “We are honoured to be entrusted with a fine selection of the Hong Kong-based Tianminlou collection, which boasts one of the best private blue and white porcelain assemblages in the world. The dedicated sale consists of a carefully selected group of eighteen pieces of Ming and Qing porcelains and is the first time treasures from the collection are offered in the market.” 

    Other sales include Scholarly and Imperial works of art from a distinguished collection, predominantly from the late Ming to the Qianlong period. The Robert Younghman Collection of Chinese Jade II, Fine Imperial Porcelain from a private collection and Important Chinese Art. Here is a small selection:

    BLUE AND WHITE ‘LOTUS’ BASIN 
    MING DYNASTY, YONGLE PERIOD
    ARGE YELLOW JADE ANIMAL-SHAPED PLAQUE EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY

    DIAMOND UP THERE WITH THE KOH-I-NOOR AT SOTHEBY’S IN HONG KONG

    Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

    One of three oval diamonds over 50 carats to come to auction in living memory will highlight Sotheby’s Hong Kong sale of magnificent jewels and jadeite on April 2. The spectacular 88.22  carat oval diamond is perfect according to every critical criterion and is estimated at US$11.2-12.7 million.  It is D Colour, the highest grade for a white diamond, Flawless and of exceptional clarity, Type Ila with excellent cut, polish and symmetry.

    As with the Koh-i-noor diamond (also oval) and the Cullinan I, which are part of the British Crown Jewels, the stone belongs to the rare subgroup comprising less than 2% of all gem diamonds, known as Type IIa*. Diamonds in this group are the most chemically pure type of diamond and often have exceptional optical transparency.  The 242-carat rough stone which yielded the diamond was discovered in Botswana in the mine of Jwaneng, a mine owned in partnership by De Beers and the government of Botswana and known for producing roughs of the highest quality.

    David Bennett, Worldwide Chairman, International Jewellery Division, said: “For those who have had the chance to see the diamond, one adjective comes back: “breath-taking”. Barely any diamonds of this weight are known to possess the same exceptional qualities of purity and perfection as this remarkable stone which is so full of fire and blinding brilliance.”

    OUTSTANDING QIANLONG PORCELAIN MAKES THREE TIMES ESTIMATE

    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

    The Yamanaka Reticulated Vase – recently discovered in a private Japanese Collection – sold for US$19,009,102  at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong today.  This was almost three times its pre-sale estimate.  Carved and exquisitely painted with four pairs of fish below Rococo-inspired motifs on a yellow sgraffiato ground, the exceptional famille-rose reticulated vase is skilfully modelled with an inner blue-and-white vase. It ranks among the most complex porcelains ever commissioned by the Qianlong Emperor (r. 1736-1795).  It is pair to the Bainbridge vase which made international headlines when it was sold in the UK in 2010.

    An outstanding Falangcai Poppy Bowl sold for US$21,600,158.  Unassuming in its beauty, the bowl is exquisitely enamelled on the exterior with an intricate design of poppies issuing from rockwork, with a butterfly depicted fluttering gracefully overhead, a fourteen-character poem, and the interior with a finger-citron, apple and cherries. The bowl is the only recorded example of this design outside of the National Palace Museum, Taipei.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for August 13, 2018)

    The Yamanaka Reticulated Vase

    The Falangcai Poppy Bowl

    HIGHEST TOTAL EVER FOR WESTERN ARTISTS AT HONG KONG SALE

    Monday, October 1st, 2018

    Sales of art by western artists brought in US$33.4 million at Sotheby’s on Hong Kong this weekend. This is the highest total for an offering of western works at an auction in Asia. Picasso’s Buste d’Homme Laure (1969) made US$7.8 million and Joan Mitchell’s Syrtis (1961) sold for $7.2 million. Works by Gerhard Richter, George Condo, KAWS, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor and Daniel Richter all achieved notable prices at the modern and contemporary evening sales.

    Pablo Picasso – Buste d’Homme Laure (1969)

    Joan Mitchell – Syrtis (1961)

    THE YAMANAKA RETICULATED VASE AND ITS CONTROVERSIAL COUSIN

    Monday, August 13th, 2018

    The Yamanaka Reticulated Vase

    The Yamanaka reticulated vase, one of the most complex porcelains ever conceived by Tang Ying for the Emperor Qianlong, will come up at Sotheby’s autumn series of sales in Hong Kong. It is a pair to a vase which sold at hammer at Bainbridges for £43 million in 2010 to a Chinese billionaire who subsequently baulked at fees of 20%.  That sale eventually fell through after a two year stalemate and the vase was eventually sold in a deal brokered by Bonhams to an unidentified buyer from the Far East who is believed to have paid up to £25 million for it.

    Carved and exquisitely painted with four pairs of fish below Rococo-inspired motifs on a yellow sgraffiato ground, the exceptional famille-rose reticulated vase is skillfully modelled with an inner blue-and-white vase, which can be glimpsed through the openwork lattice, placing it among the most complex and rarest porcelains from the Qianlong period ever to have emerged on the market.

    It was included in the 1905 Yamanaka Exhibition in New York and acquired by a private Japanese collector in 1924.

    UPDATE:  This sold for HK$149,091,000 / US$19,009,102 / £14,637,024, almost three times the pre-sale estimate 

    RARE PINK GROUND FALANGCAI BOWL TO MAKE MILLIONS

    Thursday, March 1st, 2018

    A SUPERBLY ENAMELLED, FINE AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE PINK-GROUND FALANGCAI BOWL
    PUCE-ENAMEL YUZHI MARK AND PERIOD OF KANGXI

    A superbly enamelled, fine and exceedingly rare pink-ground Falangcai Bowl is among the highlights at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Chinese Works of Art Spring Sale Series 2018 on April 3.   This is without question the finest example of its type. A closely related example at the National Palace Museum, Taipei is painted with different flowers but the exact same colour ground. The rarity of the colours and the perfection of the firing make it likely the two were painted and fired side by side. Thrown and fired by potters at the Imperial kilns in Jingdezhen, the bowls were then painted in the Imperial Palace workshops in the Forbidden City in Beijing, possibly by Jesuits resident at the court of the Kangxi emperor, and fired a second time.  This one, from the celebrated collector Henry M. Knight, is expected to make more than US$25.6 million.

    The auction will feature a rediscovered imperial heirloom handscroll bequeathed by the last Emperor Pu Yi to his younger brother Pu Jie. Depicting ten landscapes the handscroll is the greatest masterpiece of renowned Imperial court painter Qian Weicheng.  It is estimated at US$6.4-8.9 million.

    The series of six sales will offer about 300 lots with a total estimate of nearly US$93.5 millionNicolas Chow, Deputy Chairman, Sotheby’s Asia, International Head and Chairman, Chinese Works of Art said: “There is extraordinary quality and breadth in our offerings of Chinese art this season, with possibly the finest assemblage of Qing porcelain on offer in recent memory.

    NEW WORLD RECORD FOR CHINESE CERAMIC

    Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

    Ru guanyao brush washer from the Northern Song Dynasty.

    There was a new world auction record for Chinese ceramics at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong today when a Ru Guanyao brush washer sold for £28.2 million.  The 900 year old vessel was bought by an anonymous purchaser.

    Ru guanyao, the court ware of the late Northern Song (960-1127), was commissioned by the imperial court and is the most revered of the Five Great Kilns. Its quasi mythical status over the millennium can be attributed to its short-lived production period, generally believed to not have exceeded twenty years.

    The brush washer, formerly in the collection of the Chang Foundation in the Hongxi Museum, Taipei, is a pre-eminent example of Ru guanyao and incarnates to perfection the ware’s revered qualities. While seemingly small and unobtrusive, these understated aesthetics reflect the calibre and meticulousness of its craftsmanship, a quiet metaphor of Chinese philosophy celebrated by erudite connoisseurs and scholars throughout time. Measuring 13cm in diameter, the washer is one of only four known heirloom Ru wares in private hands.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for August 24, 2017)

    CONTEMPORARY ART AT SOTHEBY’S HONG KONG

    Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

    Kusama’s rare pink Infinity Net and Richter’s Abstract Painting (679-2) will lead the evening sale at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Contemporary Art autumn series on September and October 1.  Apart from a series of works by Kusama Yayoi and a dedicated section for Chinese contemporary artists born in the 1970’s there will be a themed sale for the Japanese post-war artist, Morita Shiryu and a selection of western contemporary art.

    Kusama Yayoi, Untitled, 1972 |(US$4.1-5.8 million)

    Gerhard Richter, Abstract Painting (679-2), 1988. (US£4.1-6.2 million)

    CARTIER ART DECO TUTTI FRUTTI BRACELET

    Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

    Art Deco Gem Set and Diamond ‘Tutti-Frutti’ Bracelet, Cartier (US$1.3-1.5 million)

    This rare art deco ‘Tutti Frutti’ Cartier bracelet is among the highlights at Sotheby’s auction of magnificent jewels and jadeite in Hong Kong on October 3. Iconic masterpieces in the sale include an exquisite 8.49-carat ruby ring by JAR and an emerald and diamond parure by Van Cleef & Arpels.  There is a selection of rare coloured diamonds, gemstones and bejewelled garden themed jewels inspired by the flora and fauna of nature.

    More than 250 lots with an estimate of over US$83,000,000 will be offered this season. QUEK Chin Yeow, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia and Chairman of International Jewellery, Asia, said: “We are extremely pleased to present a great selection of the marvellous jewels to captivate our Asian jewellery connoisseurs”

    SOTHEBY’S HONG KONG SPRING SALES TOTAL OVER $400 MILLION

    Thursday, April 6th, 2017

    The Macallan in Lalique legacy collection

    The series of Spring sales at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong this week totalled US$406.1 million.  This is equivalent to the strong sales results recorded last year. Sotheby’s cel Tad Smith said: “Outstanding results in our traditional categories of Chinese ceramics and painting were joined by records across a range of collecting fields including western contemporary art and jewellery”.

    With increased participation from mainland China and buoyant demand from collectors in Asia and the west the series established records for the Pink Star diamond, the Xuande fish bowl, a piece of western Contemporary art sold in Asia, a record per carat price for a fancy intense blue diamond and a record for any whiskey lot ever sold at auction with The Macallan in Lalique which sold for US$989,423.  There was increased online purchase with an 80% increase in lots over HK$41 million sold online.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for April 4, April 3 and March 29)