Imperial treasures on offer at Sotheby's Chinese Art sales

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Simone Says

2015-09-02 10:23:23

Sotheby's has announced details of its upcoming series of Chinese Art sales in Hong Kong.

The five sales will feature works spanning centuries of artistry, craftsmanship and tradition, with the 270 lots on offer expected to realize in excess of HK$800 million (US$103 million).

“The coming season at Sotheby’s includes four extraordinary private collections spanning fields as diverse as Ming dynasty huanghuali furniture, lavish Qing dynasty Imperial panels, rarefied Qing dynasty Imperial portraiture as well as Buddhist sculpture," said Nicolas Chow, Deputy Chairman, Sotheby’s Asia, International Head and Chairman, Chinese Works of Art. "We will also offer a tight selection of Imperial porcelain fit for the most discriminating collectors.”

The Imperial Consort sale offers three historically important Imperial court portraits, including the only full-length Imperial portrait by Giuseppe Castiglione outside of the Palace Museum, Beijing.

This Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period portrait depicts Consort Chunhui, who became the Qianlong Emperor’s official consort in 1737. As the only portrait of her in full ceremonial costume, Castiglione's rare painting is expected to sell for more than HK$60 million (US$7.7 million).

The Imperial Interiors sale features nine works of art commissioned for the inner rooms of Imperial palaces, regarded as perhaps "the finest quality Imperial Qing dynasty workmanship ever to appear on the private market". Amongst the leading lots is a Twelve-Panel Inlaid Lacquer ‘Imperial Hunting’ Screen from the Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period, offered with an estimated value of HK$20-$30 million (US$2.6-$3.8 million).

The three further sales will offer Ming furniture from the esteemed The Dr S Y Yip Collection;  Important Chinese Works Of Art, with a focus of porcelain and artworks from the Ming and Qing dynasties; and Vajrayana: Voyage to the Tantra, a private collection of works  inspired by the evolution of Buddhist sculpture in the Vajrayana tradition, led by a large gilt-bronze Figure of Avalokiteshvara dating from 1447 valued at HK$4-$6 million (US$510,000-$770,000).

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Chinese Works of Art autumn sales take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 7.

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