HONG KONG – The fifth sale from this esteemed collection of scholarly objects, assembled since the 1960s, consists of 122 lots in a diverse variety of media, with estimates ranging from HK$5,000 to HK$3 million. Many are inscribed with rare marks that point to the exact maker or commissioner, and provide a window into the aesthetics and lifestyle of the literati class in the late Ming and Qing dynasty. The sale title, ‘Playthings’ (yiwan), pertains to a specific category of objects, usually of small proportion, intended to ornate the scholar desk or simply be enjoyed for their visual or tactile quality. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
HONG KONG – After an extraordinarily successful week of auctions in Hong Kong, the art market slowdown predicted by some observers appears to have been greatly exaggerated. “Our salesrooms were full of Chinese buyers, paddles shot into the air, and records tumbled,” says Kevin Ching, Chief Executive Officer, Sotheby’s Asia. The seventeen sales realised a tremendous total of HK$3.1 billion ($405.5 million), thanks to blue-chip art across all categories – and extremely zealous bidders. From a monumental ink composition by Zhang Daqian to a flawless blue diamond, click ahead to see the season’s most valuable lots.
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