A legend in the world of Chinese jades, ceramics and works of art, Roger Keverne is also famed for his spirited energy and delightful stories. Ahead of Sotheby's 5 October sale of his private collection in Hong Kong, Mr Keverne recalls the extraordinary people, deals and objects that mark his 50 years in the trade.
On 9 February 1796, the Qianlong Emperor abdicated after 60 years on the throne and thus became the Emperor Supreme. This massive jade seal, the star of the Dragon Emperor sale on 5 October 2016 in Hong Kong, celebrates the ultimate chapter of his long and outstanding reign.
Hungarian-born tycoon Robert de Balkany made his fortune by introducing American-style shopping centres to France among other countries and lived life to the full with a passion for yachting and polo. He also spent more than 50 years as an enthusiastic collector who filled his houses including his Paris town house with English and Italian paintings, furniture and silver of royal provenance. Ahead of a September sale featuring 800 works of art from his collection, we take a look at some of the works in the splendour of one of his former homes, the Hôtel de Feuquières at Rue de Varenne, Paris. Click ahead to see a selection of the highlights. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
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