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Important Chinese Art
中國藝術珍品
Live Auction: 9 October 2022 • 2:30 PM HKT • Hong Kong | 拍賣:2022年10月9日 • 下午 2:30 HKT • 香港

Important Chinese Art 9 October 2022 • 3:15 PM HKT • Hong Kong

T he Important Chinese Art auction presents a tightly curated sale including masterworks spanning five millennia, from the Neolithic period through to the Qing dynasty. Highlights include archaic objects from an important Japanese collection and Chinese jades from the Victor Shaw collection.

中國藝術珍品拍賣,慎選精挑,由新石器時代至清朝,跨越中華文化五千年。呈獻多個私人雅蓄,包括日本顯赫收藏高古藝術品,以及邵維錫藏中國玉雕。

Chinese Archaic Art from an Important Japanese Collection日本顯赫高古藝術收藏

The Shang dynasty marble frog belongs to a very rare group of marble carvings marking the dawn of Chinese sculpture. Ever so skilfully and minimalistically carved, the sculpture has truly stood the test of time in its timeless aesthetic.

Also from the same important Japanese collection as the marble frog is a group of archaic artworks, including a charming jade pendant densely carved with stylised dragons, as well as a splendidly decorated gold and silver inlaid sword-hilt.

The collection also includes a majestic polychrome limestone Bodhisattva from the Northern Qi dynasty. It stands out because of its fine, even facial features and the attention paid to its elegant, decoratively stylised crown and garment with loose scarves and knotted ribbons.

商代大理石雕蛙,線條簡練,去盡繁紋細節,抽象卻生動,歷三千寒暑雖古宜今,所蘊美感恒久雋永。

與大理石蛙同出自日本私人收藏的還有一組高古藝術品,包括東周玉珮,滿飾龍紋,小巧雅致。

東周至漢的錯金銀劍柄,飾祥龍攀柄而上,展現藝匠創思巧技,昇華兵戎之器,炫耀物主富榮與權力。

收藏中尚有一尊北齊彩繪石灰岩雕菩薩立像,其面容端麗,眉目舒展,冠飾恬雅,華衣楚楚,帔帛寬綽,飄帶交結,皆精工細作而軼群出塵。

Qianlong Emperor's 'Raree' Cabinet乾隆皇帝的沉香雕〈是一是二圖〉西洋座鏡

The ‘raree’ box, possibly commissioned in the 17th year (1752), is set with a mirror flanked by two circular holes through which the Qianlong Emperor would have peeped through to view painted pictures, one of which being his most poignant and enigmatically titled double-portrait, ‘One or Two?’ The powerfully carved box cabinet not only showcases the influence of Western mechanism in 18th-century court in China, but is possibly the only example known to be employed by the Qianlong Emperor to ponder on the nuances between the literal reflection of the self and self-identity.

乾隆西洋座鏡,或於十七年(1752年)奉旨成造,採珍貴沉香木材浮雕傳統雲龍,卻揉合歐洲光學科技,一探鏡孔才知別有洞天,層層牌畫營造立體效果,左方蓬萊仙境,右方乍見高宗〈是一是二圖〉,讓人嘖嘖稱奇。遙想乾隆帝初觀其像,莫不念鏡中花、水中月、夢中蝶,自我與非己,虛實難辨。

An important and superbly carved imperial chenxiang mirror 'raree' cabinet, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, possibly commissioned in the 17th year (1752) | 清乾隆 或製於十七年(1752年) 御製沉香木浮雕雲龍紋〈是一是二圖〉仙境西洋座鏡

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Selected Imperial Porcelain精選御瓷

This magnificent vase is remarkable not only for its high quality of enamelling which represents the zenith of such technique during the Qianlong period (1736-95), but also the unusual selection of auspicious emblems depicted, and the intricate phoenix handles.

本品雙鳳耳器形,典雅富麗,洋彩紋飾,寓意祥瑞,華緻絕倫,彰顯乾隆御窰造瓷技藝之巔峰。

An extremely rare ruby-ground famille-rose 'phoenix'-handled vase, Seal mark and period of Qianlong | 清乾隆 洋彩胭脂紫地暗八仙雙鳳耳瓶 《大清乾隆年製》款

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Jades from the Victor Shaw Collection 邵維錫藏中國玉雕
Victor Shaw (1935-2020) at President David Strangeway’s Residence, 9th May 1997
邵維錫(1935-2020年)於卑詩大學前校長 David Strangeway 宅邸,1997年5月9日

The sale also includes a carefully selected group of Ming and Qing dynasty jades from the collection of Victor Shaw (1935-2020), who was renowned not only for his discerning eye but also for his philanthropic pursuits.

本場欣呈邵維錫(1935-2020年)藏明清玉器。邵氏樂善好施且眼光獨到,藏玉色潤工精,雅逸大方。

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