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.


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.





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.


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.


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.


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