Six sales of Chinese Works of Art totalled HK$603 million/US$77.2 million. Top lot was the highly important Imperial khotan-green jade seal ‘Treasure of the Emperor Supreme’ which achieved HK$91.5 million/US$11.7 million. The Imperial inscribed documentary wutong qin sold for HK$55.6 million/US$7.2 million, setting a world auction record for a Qing dynasty musical instrument. The Chinese Art Through the Eye of Sakamoto Gorō: Early Buddhist Bronzes achieved a white glove sale fetching HK$50.4 million/US$6.5 million, over six times the estimate.
This special sale consists of a select number of outstanding Imperial works of art and porcelain featuring dragons, embodying the power and authority of the Emperor. Highlights of the sale include an exceptional zitan cabinet and a highly important Imperial Khotan-green jade seal carved to commemorate the Qianlong emperor’s abdication in 1796 and bears the characters Taishanghuangdi (“Emperor Supreme”) . The sale also includes a magnificent iron-red and underglaze-blue ‘dragon’ dish.