HOTUNG | 何東 The Personal Collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung

Sir Joseph Hotung was a private man of great modesty yet unparalleled generosity. This extraordinary series of auctions will showcase the art with which he chose to surround himself and which provided the backdrop to his life in London.

Upcoming Auctions

London Auction Highlights

Exhibition Information

New York
Highlights on view 5–19 November

2–7 December

Sir Joseph collected with an unusually powerful combination of both ‘heart’ and  ‘eye’, allied to a strong intellectual focus on the meaning and importance of a piece of art. The decoration of his home became, as a result, an elegant blend of a scholarly mind with the aesthetic of an English gentleman that might be said to describe Sir Joseph himself in life.

Sir Joseph’s fêted collection of jewel-like jades – the spark which lit his passion for collecting – are complimented by archaic bronzes and gilded figures from the Buddhistic tradition. Classical Chinese huanghuali furniture of the literati taste resonates with Georgian pieces from the Golden age of English cabinet-making, united by their restraint in design and quality of execution.

Works by titans of Western painting include important oils by Edgar Degas, Edouard Vuillard and Frans Hals, and feature alongside more intimate works on paper by J. M. W. Turner, Henri Matisse and Alberto Giacometti. Modern masters of Chinese ink painting range from Xu Gu to Qi Baishi, whose monumental assemblage of four Flowers and Fruits adorned the walls of a sweeping staircase in his London townhouse.

Rarities of French silver by the royal silversmith Robert-Joseph Auguste provide a burst of European neoclassicism, complimented a select group of 18thcentury giltwood furniture in tune with their architectural surroundings.

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