Starting this Friday, Sotheby’s auction house will hold its Hong Kong Autumn Sales Series. The event will include exhibitions and auctions of Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, Fine Chinese Paintings, Contemporary Asian Art, Jewelry, Watches and Wines, among others.
“This season, Sotheby’s promises to bring exceptional and rare properties to the Asian market from private collections around the world,” says Kevin Ching, Chief Executive Officer of Sotheby’s Asia. “We are delighted to offer significant works of impeccable provenance by prominent Chinese artists across several generations – from Zhang Daqian to Sanyu and Zhang Xiaogang, among others.”
Here are some notable pieces up for auction.
Photo: Sotheby’s; Liao Chi-Chun (1902–1976), Scenery In Yehliu, 1965, Oil on canvas, Est: HK$18 – 28 million / US$2.3 – 3.6 million
The lead work the 20th Century Chinese Art sale is Scenery in Yehliu by the ‘Colour Magician’ Liao Chi-Chun, depicting Taiwan’s North East coastline. The largest painting ever made by the artist, this piece clearly demonstrates Liao’s aptitude with color, and his strong use of rose-pink, which is a classic feature of his work from the 1960s.
Photo: Sotheby’s; Zhang Xiaogang (b.1958), Tiananmen No. 1, Oil on canvas, 1993, Est. HK$15 – 25 million / US$1.9 – 3.2 million
Completed in 1993, Tiananmen No. 1 belongs to the only series of works by the artist, Zhang Xiaogang, to centre on the politically charged motif of Tiananmen Square. From the May Fourth movement of 1919 to the Tiananmen Incident in 1989, the Square has borne witness to many important events that mark the history of modern China. With its solemn brushstrokes, this work is movingly expressive of the agonizing history behind the Square. While the yellow gate tower is accompanied by grey skies and stone pavement, two parallel red lines can be seen running through the Square towards the centre, creating a robust contrast in colour and tone, and the red lines eventually became an iconic motif in the world-renowned Bloodline Series. The yellow gate tower deviates from the red ones as seen in No. 2 and No. 3 of the same series, altogether heightening the significance of Tiananmen No. 1.
Photo: Sotheby’s; Lee Man Fong (1913-1988), Fortune and Longevity, Oil on wood panel, 1951, Est. HK$12 million / US$1.54 million
Extremely rare in the artist’s oeuvre, Fortune and Longevity was kept in private hands since its completion in 1951 and is offered at auction for the first time in more than six decades. Fortune and Longevity is a compelling masterpiece that reaffirms Lee Man Fong’s contribution and influence as a pioneer Southeast Asian artist who created a brilliant synthesis of Eastern and Western art. The serene depiction of people of different generations feasting and dancing is brought alive by his striking brushstrokes, exhibiting immense technical skill which emulates the fluidity of Chinese ink, but using oil. The painting celebrates peace, prosperity, abundance and good health, expressed through the Chinese calligraphy used by the artist in addition to the auspicious symbols such as the pumpkin – a symbol of prosperity, abundance, good luck. It is Lee’s deepest empathy for humanism that imbues the painting with soul, bringing with it the artist’s vision and wishes for a better life for the people.
Photo: Sotheby’s; Lot 1889, A 9.08-Carat Pigeon’s Blood Burmese Ruby And Diamond Ring, Cartier, 1956, Est: HK$24/30 million / US$3/3.8 million and Lot 1890, An Exceptional D/IF Riviere Diamond Necklace, Totalling 88.88 Carats, Est: HK$35 – 50 million / US$4.5 – 6.4 million
They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and the Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite sale delivers an array of exquisite jewels including the above magnificent ruby and diamond ring and an exceptional diamond necklace.
Two stunning colored diamond rings also will be offered. Pink diamonds of over 10 carats are exceedingly rare and at 10.15 carats, the beautiful gem offered is one such example. Of a lovely and soft pink hue, well-proportioned classic pear shape and flanked by gleaming white diamonds, this elegant jewel is the epitome of feminine grace. Another head-turning jewel offered for sale is a 21.43-carat Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond and Diamond Ring. Impressive in its size, this stunning gem gleams with a saturated and pure Fancy Vivid Yellow color, rated by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) as the most desirable in a yellow diamond, and is certain to shine in the most glamorous of occasions.
The exhibitions will be open for public viewing October 5 – 8 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The auctions will be from October 5-9 in the same location.
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*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium