This spring sale includes a number of rare and exquisite painting form private collecti0on fresh to the market. One of the highlights of the sale is this vivid portrayal of Xu Beihong’s most popular subject matter (opposite). Galloping Horse, depicting a strong horse galloping in full vigour with its mane flying and all four hooves in mid-air was dedicated to Dr. Joseph Needham, the British scientist well known from his research and author of ‘Science and Civilisation in China’. During the mid-forties when Dr Needham was serving as Director of the Sino-British Science Cooperation Office in Chongqing, he received this painting as a gift commissioned by the Physical Anthropology Research Centre of Academia Sinica.
Hall 5, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (New Wing), 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
The sale achieved HK$468 million / US$60 million, more than doubling the pre-sale estimate (in excess of HK$200 million / US$25.6 million*). The top lot of the sale was a very rare pair of gold screens by Qi BaishiWilliows At The Riverside; Begonias (1922), depicting Chinese landscape and flowers which had spent much of its history in a Japanese collection. It fetched HK$70.1 million / US$9 millionm (Estimate: HK$15 – 20 million / US$1.9 – 2.6 million).