The sales of Chinese Works of Art were held in Hong Kong on 7 October. An Imperial Painting of Chunhui, the Qianlong Emperor’s favourite Consort, by Court Artist Giuseppe Castiglione was sold for HK$137.4 million/US$17.6 million after over 20 minutes of bidding, setting a world auction record for a Chinese Imperial portrait. The auction of Ming Furniture – The Dr S Y Yip Collection was 100% sold, achieving HK$260 million / US$33 million and over 90% surpassing high estimates.
The sale consists of nine outstanding works of art commissioned for the decoration of the inner rooms of Imperial palaces, and represents some of the finest quality Imperial Qing dynasty workmanship ever to appear on the private market. Highlights include a truly magnificent twelve-panel inlaid lacquer screen. Decorated with a theme of an Imperial hunt, it is preserved in unusually good condition, and is the counterpart to the famous example in the Ca’Pesaro Oriental Museum, Venice.