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 fruits of fifty years of collecting, each of the 93 lots in the sale is endowed with its own unique story, encapsulating the eclectic taste, expertise and indefatigability of this distinguished London-based art dealer. With a broad focus on works of art in particular, Roger Keverne is internationally recognised for his deep knowledge of jade.
The provenance of this lot should read:
Collection of Baron Hermann Speck von Sternburg (1852-1908), German diplomat who served as first secretary of the legation at Beijing and later as ambassador to the United States.
The American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, New York, 13th to 16th January 1909, lot 650.
Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Sotheby's London, 6th November 1984, lot 50.
Spink and Son Ltd., London.