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 Important Chinese Art auction is a tightly curated assemblage of fine and rare porcelain and works of art with a particular focus on the Ming and Qing dynasties. Highlights include an outstanding blue and white brushwasher from the Xuande period, formerly in the collection of Mrs Alfred Clark, painted with a fish pond design in brilliant tones of underglaze-blue, a superb Yongzheng ‘peach’ bowl from the collection of Alan Chuang, originally in the Edward T. Chow collection, and an extremely rare Qianlong famille-rose lingzhi.