Six sales of Chinese Works of Art totalled HK$603 million/US$77.2 million. Top lot was the highly important Imperial khotan-green jade seal ‘Treasure of the Emperor Supreme’ which achieved HK$91.5 million/US$11.7 million. The Imperial inscribed documentary wutong qin sold for HK$55.6 million/US$7.2 million, setting a world auction record for a Qing dynasty musical instrument. The Chinese Art Through the Eye of Sakamoto Gorō: Early Buddhist Bronzes achieved a white glove sale fetching HK$50.4 million/US$6.5 million, over six times the estimate.
The Important Chinese Art auction is a tightly curated assemblage of fine and rare porcelain and works of art with a particular focus on the Ming and Qing dynasties. Highlights of the sale include an extremely rare documented Imperial qin carved by order of Emperor Qianlong in the 10th year of his reign, a large blue and white ‘Eight Immortals’ vase and a magnificent pairs of famille-rose pink-ground jars and covers. The sale also includes a collection of exceptional Ming and Qing porcelain and works of art from a private European collector. Several of these emanate from the collection of Alfred Morrison, including a magnificent cloisonné enamel and gilt-bronze vase from the Qianlong period.
There is additional information for this lot:
Collection of A.V. Harvey, accountant at Yuin Yeh Bank, acquired in Beijing, 1924.
An Australian private collection, acquired from A.V. Harvey, Sydney, 7th June 1960.
Bonhams London, 11th November 2010, lot 219.
Exhibition of Asian Documentary and Art Materials, 28th International Congress of Orientalists, Canberra, 1971.
John P. Rogan, Antiques in Australia from private collections, Milton, Queensland, 1975, p. 81.