The sales of Chinese Works of Art were held in Hong Kong on 7 October. An Imperial Painting of Chunhui, the Qianlong Emperor’s favourite Consort, by Court Artist Giuseppe Castiglione was sold for HK$137.4 million/US$17.6 million after over 20 minutes of bidding, setting a world auction record for a Chinese Imperial portrait. The auction of Ming Furniture – The Dr S Y Yip Collection was 100% sold, achieving HK$260 million / US$33 million and over 90% surpassing high estimates.
The sale consists of three exquisite imperial court portraits, including an exceptionally rare large Imperial portrait of Consort Chunhui by Giuseppe Castiglione, the only known official portrait of this grand size outside of the Beijing Palace Museum. The inscription of her posthumous name is by the Qianlong Emperor himself, indicating her favoured position among the palace ladies.