From the Song dynasty (960–1279) onwards, connoisseurs – emperors as well as sophisticated commoners – revelled in the beauty of ceramics and its ability to marry harmonious form with exquisite colour and texture. By the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), when the means of ceramic ornamentation had developed to offer boundless possibilities, the voluntary reduction to monochromatic glazes became truly celebrated and the medium enjoyed its greatest aesthetic triumphs.
J. M. Hu (Hu Jenmou), the master of the Zande Lou, the Studio of Temporary Enjoyment, had far-reaching but well-focused interests. He was one of China’s great connoisseur-collectors and patrons, and a true benefactor to generations to come, due to his keen awareness of the educational potential of an art collection. This selection of twelve lots forms part of the grand legacy of a man who was passionate about Chinese porcelain and determined to share it with others.
Auction Room 1, Hall 3, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (New Wing)
1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
All 12 lots of this sale were sold, achieving a total of HK$84.5 million / US$10.8 million (Est. in excess of HK$56 million / US$7 million*).
J.M. Hu (Hu Jenmou, or Hu Huichun, 1911-1995), master of Zande Lou (Studio of Temporary Enjoyment), was one of China’s great connoisseur-collectors. His collection encompasses the finest of imperial ceramics, Chinese paintings and calligraphies and scholarly objects. A patron and benefactor, he was known for his generous donations of ceramics to institutions including the Shanghai Museum, as well as his support of publications, exhibitions and research. The present collection forms part of the grand legacy of a man who was passionate about Chinese porcelain and determined to share it with others.