Behind the Scenes: Hong Kong Spring Sales 2016

On the eve of the opening of Sotheby’s Spring Sales in Hong Kong, Nicolas Chow, Deputy Chairman, Sotheby’s Asia, takes us behind the scenes at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Together, the spring sales feature more than 3,000 lots including jewellery, watches, wine, contemporary art, ceramics and more. 

Stellar line-up of rare offerings at Hong Kong Spring Sales

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Spring Sales 2016 will take place from 2 to 6 April at Hall 5, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.  Exceptional objects encompassing Chinese Works of Art, Fine Chinese Paintings, Contemporary Ink Art, Contemporary Literati, Modern Asian Art, Contemporary Asian Art, Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art, Jewellery, Watches and Wines will be offered.

Brushwork – From Asia to The World | 3 April

This season’s Hong Kong Contemporary Art sale is led by Brushwork – From Asia to The World (Auction Date: 3 April), a specially-curated auction encompassing 20 abstract works by contemporary artists from China, Japan, Korea, the United States and France. Focusing on the reinterpretation of brushwork by post-war artists from the East and West, the auction unveils their interaction and mutual influences on each other from an academic perspective.

Modern and Contemporary Asian Art Evening Sale | 3 April

The Origo Collection — Contemporary Ink Art | 4 April

Assembled with pioneering vision, The Origo Collection — Contemporary Ink Art presents the diverse and vibrant potential of ink art. Often monumental in scale, always intellectually daring in approach, the works represent more than three decades of artistic innovation, capturing the full range and evolution of styles of ink art practices from the late 20th century through the present.

Literati / Curiosity II | 5 April

This season's cabinet of curiosity is populated by a large cast of malformed ancient stones and wooden stumps, beasts from a distant past including the massive skull of an erstwhile Mammouth, numerous gods for the most part limbless or headless, a formidable cast of three ecorches unleashed on us by Rubens and many other curious things formed by nature or man spanning millions of years to the present day. To complement these, we are presenting a small but rich selection of contemporary art.

Magnificent Jewels & Jadeite | 5 April

Offered for sale from an Asian private collection, ‘De Beers Millennium Jewel 4’, a rare and superb Oval-shaped Internally Flawless Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond weighing 10.10 carats (Est. HK$235 – 280 million / US$30 – 35 million), is one of twelve rare diamonds - eleven blue and one colourless – that form the world-renowned De Beers Millennium Jewels collection unveiled in 2000 in celebration of the millennium.  At 10.10 carats, it is the largest oval-shaped fancy vivid blue diamond ever to appear at auction.

The Pilkington Collection of Chinese Art | 6 April

The Pilkington Collection is one of the celebrated ancient collections of Chinese porcelain. Spanning 2,000 years of Chinese porcelain production, the Pilkington Collection includes some of the rarest and most important examples in existence today and includes key pieces from the Song, Ming and Qing dynasties. It will be sold in Hong Kong on 6 April.

Kangxi – Emperorship and Power | 6 April

Bearing the inscription “Revere Heaven and Serve thy People”, the Seal of the Mandate of Heaven is the largest and most powerful ever carved for the Kangxi Emperor, the greatest and longest reigning monarch of China. The Mandate of Heaven is the philosophical tenet that Heaven granted emperors the right to rule based on their ability to govern and their righteousness and was used throughout the history of China to validate and legitimize the rule of the emperors. During Kangxi’s reign, the seal was at all times kept in the Palace of Ultimate Purity, where emperors entertained and a major venue for their policymaking.