Dr. Alice Cheng, the Shanghai-born businesswoman and philanthropist, grew up surrounded by fine objects. Her parents were celebrated antique dealers, in whose footsteps her brother Robert would later follow and build an illustrious career in the field of Chinese art. Alice went on to build an extraordinary career in business, but over the last fifteen years, has also put together a formidable collection of Imperial Chinese porcelain. Many of her pieces, from the Yongzheng famille-rose ‘peach’ vase that she generously donated to the Shanghai Museum in 2004 to the record-breaking J.T. Tai yellow-ground double-gourd vase, were purchased with great passion and almost on a whim. This season a small selection from Dr. Alice Cheng’s collection will be presented, including a superb underglaze-blue charger painted with nine ferocious, iron-red dragons, and a fine, large blue and white vase depicting fruits and flowers.
Auction Room 1, Hall 3, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (New Wing)
1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Exceptional Qing Porcelain From The Collection of Dr. Alice Cheng sale on 9 October achieved a total of HK$61.3 million / US$7.9 million, exceeding the pre-sale estimate.
The top lot of this sale was a magnificent and rare iron-red and underglaze-blue 'Nine Dragon' charger, mark and period of Yongzheng, which sold for HK$41 million / US$5.3 million (Est. HK$30 - 40 million / US$3.9 - 5.2 million*).