he Important Chinese Art auction is a tightly curated assemblage with a focus on fine and rare imperial porcelain and works of art from the Ming and Qing dynasties. The sale will present a fine selection of Yongzheng and Qianlong porcelain, led by an exquisite Yongzheng period famille-rose bowl superbly enamelled with peaches and bats. Other highlights include a magnificent Song dynasty gilt-bronze figure of bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, an extremely rare Chenghua period yuhuchunping vase delicately painted with lotus blooms, and an outstanding large yellow jade double vase powerfully carved with chilong.
25,000,000 - 35,000,000HKD
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This magnificent gilt-bronze sculpture is extremely rare, and at over 60cm high, of unusually large size. Only one other comparable example is recorded, in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, from the Avery Brundage collection.
It originates from a period when the image of Avalokiteshvara had not yet turned sweet and feminine, and although the basic facial features suggest a woman’s face, the addition of small curls to indicate beard and moustache are an unmistakeable effort to counterbalance this effect. This way of representing Avalokiteshvara is characteristic of Tang painting created at Dunhuang in Gansu province.
The present figure is modelled with multiple heads, together with an eye on the forehead and hands, showing a Bodhisattva image popular in the Five Dynasties to the early Northern Song period.
It is highly unusual to find a Bodhisattva figure wearing a dragon-decorated robe, detailed with boneless beasts with the heads almost dissolved into a cloud motif, terminating in three-clawed feet with nails not yet set off at an angle. Similar depiction of dragons can be seen on Song dynasty Dingyao wares.
AN EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPORTANT MASSIVE GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF BODHISATTVA, AVALOKITESHVARA, SONG DYNASTY
Estimate 估價 20,000,000 - 30,000,000 HKD
The form of this double vase – comprising of a cylinder and an angular vessel – conforms to the ancient Chinese symbolism. Historically the circle represented Heaven, and the square symbolised Earth. According to Zhou li [Rites of Zhou], a ruler was expected to use a green jade bi disc for worshipping Heaven and a yellow jade rectangular cong to worship the Earth.
It is inspired by Neolithic cong originated from the Liangzhu culture in the Yangtze River Delta, which flourished from the late 4th to the end of the 3rd millennium BC. In the form of a tube, a cong is square on the outside with a hollow cylindrical centre, thus it combines the two significant shapes of a circle and a square.
The large dragon, symbolising the Qianlong Emperor, represents the supreme imperial power. Accompanied by eight smaller chilong, it is depicted as ascending from waves and rocks, securing its place as the ultimate ruler. This type of depictions signifies the succession of imperial power where knowledge is passed down from father to sons.
AN IMPERIAL LARGE YELLOW JADE 'CHILONG' DOUBLE VASE, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate 估價 9,000,000 - 12,000,000 HKD