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.
The collection of Chinese porcelain assembled by Roger Pilkington in the late 1950s and 60s is of unparalleled quality, one of the greatest remaining in private hands. Spanning the heights of 1000 years of Chinese porcelain production, from the Tang through to the Ming and on to the Qing dynasties, it captures all the greatest achievements in the field, and is a time capsule of a seminal moment in the history of collecting, a golden period for the Chinese art market in Britain. The highlight of the collection is an exceptional group of blue and white porcelain from the 15th century, including an extraordinarily rare ritual water vessel and moonflask from the Yongle period, and a Chenghua palace bowl. In addition, there is also a meticulously selected group of Qing dynasty works of art, including an Imperial jade brushwasher from the Qianlong period.