HONG KONG AUCTIONS INTERNATIONAL OFFERS RARE SU HANCHEN SCROLL AND $6,000,000 VASE AT ASIA WEEK New York's Hong Kong Auctions International opens the 2010 Asia Week events with a 2-session auction of fine Chinese paintings, Chinese porcelains, Jades and Works of Art. Auction is Sunday, March 21.
Qianlong Famille-Rose vase bears the six-golden-character seal mark and is of the period (1736 – 1795.) A Museum Appraisal Certificate authenticates this. The vase’s provenance is clear as well. It is from the Shi Yang Tang Collection, New York.
In 2000 Sotheby’s Hong Kong sold a similar Qianlong hexagonal vase for HK$ 20,944,750. (About $2.7 million at today’s conversion rate.) Bidding on the vase begins at $6,000,000 USD, and is expected to go much higher.
Another outstanding porcelain highlight is Lot 228, a Xuande period blue and white bowl. Both charming and complex, the lobed bowl depicts 22 children at play in a garden. The lobes are painted with Lingzhi and plantain. Broad (9 inches in diameter) and deep (5.6 inches tall), it bears a six-character seal and carries a catalog high estimate of $800,000.
Lot 233 is a Qing Dynasty Doucai vase with 12 lobes of interlocking floral sprays. Divided by narrow ridged vertical bands, the 16 ¼ inch tall vase carries the six-character seal mark and is of the period. With Shi Yang Tang Collections provenance, the vase is well valued at $300,000 to $400,000.
A rare Tang Dynasty parcel gilt bronze Chariot Group, Lot 236, speaks for the breadth of interesting objects in the sale.
The robustly molded figures depict a charioteer under a domed umbrella driving a team of four horses. The steeds wear elaborate repoussé trappings and are joined by a bowed yoke. Merely 8 ½” tall and just 10 inches long, the highly desirable scene carries a catalog estimate of $100,000.
Under the hammer in the final hour of the sale is a fine collection of antique figural and vessel form bronzes inlaid with silver and gold, from a New York Family collection. Lots 282 – 286 include a large rhinoceros, a pair of dragon-head mythical beasts, massive dragons, a pair of phoenix censers and a ritual vessel with lose ring handles.
The March 21 sale will be conducted Hong Kong Auctions’ chairman, Mr. Kwong Lum (Lin Ji-guang). Mr. Lum is also Director of the International Society of Chinese Art Collectors.
For complete details on the 338 properties in Hong Kong Auctions International ‘s March 21 sale, please visit www.hongkongauctongallery.com. Full color bi-lingual catalogs can be purchased by calling 212 867-7288. Viewing begins March 12 and continues through March 20, 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Mary Ann Lum
212 867 7288