Five sales of Chinese Works of Art totalled HK$893.6 million/US$114.6 million. The Pilkington Collection of Chinese Art brought HK$502.8 million/US$64.5 million, tripling pre-sale estimate. Top lot was a Blue and White Yongle Moonflask which achieved HK$110.52 million/US$14.2 million, tripling high estimate. The Seal of the Mandate of Heaven sold for HK$92.6 million/US$11.9 million, setting a world auction record for a Kangxi Imperial Seal.
This superb private collection of Ming furniture, carefully assembled under the expertise of Grace Wu Bruce, includes eight outstanding furniture items and ten table-top pieces.
The owner of this private collection studied fine arts in his youth and took a keen interest in the connoisseurship and history of Chinese furniture. His taste and standard were extremely high. Every piece demonstrates exquisite taste and aesthetics. The expertise and professionalism of Grace Wu Bruce are reflected in the museum quality of each and every piece of furniture in the collection, encapsulating the refined taste of the literati.
The highlight of the collection is an extremely rare huanghuali couch bed (luohan chuang) preserved in exceptional condition. No expense was spared in its construction, with an abundance of precious material used, and ingenious use of lavish decorative techniques, with complex joins forming a beautiful wan pattern, a popular design motif in the late Ming period.