Building on the success of the spring auction earlier this year, the Fine Chinese Paintings sale again presents an array of distinguished thematic collections this season, including 'Exquisite Paintings and Calligraphies from the Chai Sian Kwan Collection', 'Paintings from an European Private Collection', 'Calligraphy Couplets of Late Qing Scholars' and several others. The total of 270 lots is expected to fetch in excess of HK$120 million/ US$15.4 million.
C. K. Cheung, Sotheby's Head of Chinese Paintings said, "Our spring sale of fine Chinese paintings in April saw unprecedented success - with a total sale of over HK$400 million, achieving Sotheby's highest ever seasonal total for this category. The phenomenal result is testament to the appeal of our meticulous approach of selecting only exceptional works for the market, a strategy fully endorsed by our discerning buyers. This autumn, we will again present a wide-ranging collection of works, marked by thematic diversity and the finest quality. Over the past years, Sotheby's selection of Chinese paintings has been consistently based on artistic merits, rarity and significance of the works, rather than prices or sheer reputation. One example is 'Calligraphy Albumn by Eminent Officials of Late Qing' to debut at our upcoming sale. This album brings together the calligraphic writings of important Qing Dynasty officials involved in the Self-Strengthening Movement. Highlighting the album are the original works of officials from the movement's two opposite camps and are therefore worthy of appreciation for their historical significance.