Romualdo Locatelli’s Ritratto di Fu-Ku-Ko (Portrait of Fu-Ku-Ko) and Juan Luna’s En el Palco (In the Theatre Box) are rare and superb example of European Academic style that influenced early 20th century modern Southeast Asian paintings, combining evocative brushstrokes with a balanced and refined composition. These depictions of Indonesian and Filipino society in the first half of the 20th century are rich with historical and allegorical references that give the paintings gravitas beyond their enigmatic beauty.
This sale also includes an outstanding group of works by leading contemporary Southeast Asian artists. The unique Red Ceiling expresses Ay Tjoe Christine’s penchant for structure, an element more often seen in her earlier works, yet it also unveils a dreamy exploration of the soul.
Hall 5, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (New Wing), 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Sotheby's Hong Kong Modern & Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings 2012 spring sale achieved HK$96 million / US$12.3 million, surpassing the pre-sale high estimate (HK$70 million / US$9 million*), with 70.4% of the lots sold above the high estimate. It has become the second highest various-owner sale of this category at Sotheby's Hong Kong.
* Pre-sale estimates do not include buyer’s premium