This autumn, Sotheby’s Hong Kong presents a wide range of rarities, including Chinese ceramics and paintings, modern and contemporary art, jewellery, watches and wine. This season is led by A Highly Important Beijing-Enamelled Pouch-Shaped Glass Vase, Blue Enamel Mark and Period of Qianlong – arguably the greatest example of Qing dynasty art in private hands. Enamelled glass vessels were by far the most complex and demanding of all works of art commissioned at the Beijing Palace Workshops, and this vase is the most successful of all surviving examples. Emanating from the legendary collection of Prince Gong, it later passed through the hands of A.W. Bahr and Paul and Helen Bernat, before being acquired by Le Cong Tang Collection, one of the finest assemblages of Chinese art in the world, in October 2000 for a then record price of HK$24 million.
Additional highlights include A Rare And Exquisite 10.64-carat Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink Internally Flawless Diamond and Diamond Ring; Sanyu’s Nu Rose Sur Tissus Chinois; Liu Ye’s Smoke from the prestigious Gillion Crowet Collection; Wu Guanzhong’s Sunrise in Lofty Mountains; Badashanren’s Ink Fruits and Brackens; Adrien Jean Le Mayeur de Merprès’ Balinese Maidens in the Interior; An Exceptionally Rare Blue and White ‘Dragon’ Stem Bowl, Mark and Period of Xuande, unseen on the market since 1986; A Superb and Fine Blue and White ‘Daylily’ Palace Bowl Mark and Period of Chenghua from the Chuang Collection; A Patek Philippe, Ref. 5002 Skymoon Tourbillon; as well as top Burgundy and Bordeaux amassed over four decades from The Distinguished Cellar of a Pioneering Collector.