China Guardian Hong Kong 2015 Spring Auctions was held between 4 – 7 April 2015 (Preview: 4-5; Auction: 6-7) at the Ballroom in the JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong. The auctions featured almost 1,000 pieces across six sessions, achieved total HK$253 million.
20th Century and Contemporary Chinese Art
Total lots:36 ; Total sales: HKD 38,105,300
Dedicated to the profundity of oriental aesthetics, the session was carefully designed with special focuses. There champion lot was Wang Huaiqing’s Chinese Couch, which was sold for HKD10,350,000. In addition, an interesting novelty is the choicest selection of masterpieces by Foujita (Léonard Tsuguharu), Yayoi Kusama and Izumi Kato, who are invariably top Japanese artists by international standards.
Wang Huaiqing (b.1944-)
Oil on canvas
140 x 197 cm
Price realized: HKD 10,350,000
Composition No. 16
Price realized: HKD 9,430,000
Still Life With Pumpkins
Price realized: HKD 3,335,000
Radiant Ancient Glorious Bronze – Collection from Muwen Tang
Total lots:50; Total sales: 16,407,100
Another special session featured was the Radiant Ancient Glorious Bronze – Collection from Muwen Tang. China’s bronze culture dates back thousands of years, the bronze culture of China Proper actually embodied Chinese culture over a vast area and a long period of time. Utilitarian as well as artistic, Chinese bronzes are remarkable works of art and technology and are, at the same time, relics of immense historical and cultural importance.
Late Warring States, Eastern Zhou Dynasty (475-221 BC)
A Sliver-Inlaid Bronze Round Vessel, Hu
Price realized: HKD 1,380,000
Late Shang o Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century BC
A Bronze Ritual Food Vessel, Gui
Price realized: HKD 1,127,000
A Roomful of Ming Furniture – Lu Ming Shi Collection, Brussels
Total lots: 11pcs; 100% sold; Total sales: HKD53,705,000
At this Spring Auctions, China Guardian presented two sets of Ming furniture, namely a set of six rose chairs and a pair of square corner cabinets both datable to the late Ming, from the Belgian collector Mr. Philippe De Backer’s Lu Ming Shi Collection. The session “A Roomful of Ming Furniture – Lu Ming Shi Collection, Brussels” was very much spotlighted for its beauty.
Set of six rose chairs
late 16th to early 17th century
Price realized: HKD 29,900,000
Pair of square corner cabinets
late 16th to early 17th century
Width 102.3 cm
Depth 57.1 cm
Height 198.1 cm
Price realized: HKD 20,700,000
This session was a white glove auction in which 100% of the lots were sold, A ‘White Glove Sale certificate’ was presented to the auctioneer, Mr. Xu Jun.
Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
Total lots: 255; Total Sales: HKD 41,944,000
The limelight was on the fine and rare pair of doucai “longevity” dishes. Then reaching its pinnacle, the doucai ware of the Yongzheng period stands out for its elegant form and refined daintiness. As a rare and exquisite example, the pair on offer this time captivates with its appealing form, fine body, pastel glaze and fluid brushwork. It was previously in the collection of Chao Tsong-yea’s family and the Shimentang Collection but disappeared from the market altogether following their sale at the 1986 autumn auctions of Sotheby’s Hong Kong. Its availability as a complete pair this quarter will surely be a sensation.
A Pair of Doucai 'Longevity' Dishes
Marks and Period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)
20.6 cm. diam.
Price realized: HKD 5,750,000
The cinnabar lacquer “four seasons floral” four-fold screen, exceptional for its large size, thick lacquer and elaborate carving, is also not to be missed. Set within a frame of peony sprays, the panels borrow their themes from flowers of the four seasons. The superb and sophisticated design and techniques demonstrated are no doubt typical of the imperial style of the Qianlong reign. The new master of such a rare treasure will naturally be the envy of all.
Qing Dynasty, Qianlong (1736-1795)
A Cinnabar Lacquer ‘Four Seasons Floral’ Four-Fold Screen
Price realized: HKD 5,635,000
Mark and Period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)
An Underglaze-Blue and Yellow-Enamel ‘Lotus’ Dish
Price realized: HKD 2,530,000
Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 11th century DC
A Bronze Ritual Wine Vessel, You
Price realized: HKD 3,450,000
Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from the Four Seas
Total lots: 411; Total Sales: HKD34,937,000
Chines painting and calligraphy from four seas featured more than 300 pieces in number, originate from around the world. The highlight of this season was definitely Zhang Daqian's Landscape after Shixi, dated 1948, which was sold for HKD17,250,000. The master has few surviving works in the style of Shixi, not to mention such a meticulous composition from his prime that betrays his familiarity with the tradition.
Hongxian Stealing Box
Price realized: HKD 4,255,000
Enlightenment from Beyond – Selected Paintings and Calligraphy by Wang Chi-Yuan
Total lots: 60; 100% sold; Total sales: HKD 6,103,050
Price realized: HKD 368,000
Price realized: 299,000
China Guardian reintroduced Wang Chi-Yuan to the collecting community in our aspiration to lead the market with scholarship and in our hope of restoring painters and painting bodies of the period to their former glamour.
This session was a white glove auction in which 100% of the lots were sold, A ‘White Glove Sale certificate’ was presented to the auctioneer, Mr. Fang Min.
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