The 7 sales of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art on 8 October achieved a combined total of HK$698.8 million /US$89.6 million. The remarkable Heirlooms of Chinese Art from the Hosokawa Clan offered with very attractive estimates has achieved remarkable success, nearly tripling its high estimate to bring HK$159,279,997 / US$20,543,934. The Later Chinese Bronzes from the Collection of Ulrich Hausmann were a testament to connoisseurship of fine objects at all levels of the market and offered an extraordinary opportunity for new participants that Sotheby’s has introduced to the field of Chinese Works of Art. The 147 lots brought HK$34,341,250 / US$4,402,724 at prices ranging from HK$5,000 / US$641 to HK$3,040,000 / US$389,743. In addition, Sotheby’s set a World Auction Record For Qing Monochrome Porcelain when the magnificently carved celadon jar decorated with dragons formerly in the Fonthill collection fetched HK$94.2 Million / US12 Million. A further highlight was the HK$57.24 million / US$7.34 million price set for a Qing-Dynasty Yellow-Ground ‘Yangcai’ Vase.
Dating back to the 14th century, the Hosokawa clan has contributed many prominent figures to Japanese history and ranks among the most prestigious daimyo families. The sale presents an eclectic selection of outstanding porcelain, furniture, paintings and calligraphy, mostly focusing on the exquisite taste prevalent at the Qing court. Among the highlights are a meticulously decorated Qianlong celadon-glazed vase and a zitan hexagonal table intricately carved with Western-style floral scrolls made for the Imperial court.