From Wine and Jewels to Ceramics and Works of Art, Spectacular Offerings from Autumn Sales in Hong Kong

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Sotheby’s Hong Kong Autumn Sales series presents spectacular works of art from categories including Modern and Contemporary Art, Chinese Paintings, Chinese Works of Art, Watches, Wine and Jewellery. Led by Zao Wou-Ki's largest-ever painting, the most expensive artwork ever offered at Sotheby's Hong Kong, these treasures span the great epochs of history, and highlight the creativity and craftsmanship within each particular medium. Click through to brown the sale highlights. (點此閱讀中文)

2018 Hong Kong Autumn Sales

From Wine and Jewels to Ceramics and Works of Art, Spectacular Offerings from Autumn Sales in Hong Kong

  • ZAO WOU-KI, JUIN-OCTOBRE 1985, (TRIPTYCH), 1985, ESTIMATE UPON REQUEST.
    Modern Art Evening Sale | 30 September
    Led by Zao Wou-Ki's largest-ever painting (280mmx1000mm), the most expensive artwork ever offered at Sotheby's Hong Kong, the sale presents an outstanding selection of works from the East and West. Highlights include Sanyu’s Pot de pivoines and Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita’s Printemps, followed by 15.12.60, a fine piece from the Hurricane period by Zao Wou-Ki, as well as Sunshine after Snow in the Mountain Village I, a rare 1960s work by Wu Guanzhong and a curated feature of Guan Liang.
  • JOAN MITCHELL. SYRTIS, 1961. ESTIMATE HK$50,000,000-70,000,000.
    Contemporary Art Evening Sale | 30 September
    The sale presents an outstanding selection of works from the East and West. Contemporary highlights include abstract masterpieces by Gerhard Richter and Shiraga Kazuo, as well as exceptional sculptural works by Nara Yoshitomo, KAWS and Louise Bourgeois.
  • CHU TEH-CHUN, ÉCLAIR D’OBSCURITE, 1988. ESTIMATE HK$1,600,000–2,800,000.
    Modern Asian Art | 1 October
    Led by works by Wang Yidong, Ai Xuan and Chen Yifei, this day sale not only presents a comprehensive overview of the metamorphosis of figurative art in Asia over the span of a century, but also the emergence of post-war abstraction among international Chinese artists, from Wu Dayu, Li Chun-Shan, to Zao Wou-Ki, Chu Teh-Chun and artists from the Ton Fan Group and the Fifth Moon Group.
  • NARA YOSHITOMO, UNTITLED, 2009. ESTIMATE HK$4,000,000–6,000,000.
    Contemporary Art | 1 October
    This sale unveils exciting works by some of the most sought-after artists of the current time. This season’s sale features artists such as Nara Yoshitomo, Kusama Yayoi, Uemae Chiyu, Chung Sanghwa, Zhou Chunya and George Condo.
  • CHEONG SOO PIENG, TO THE MARKET, 1980. ESTIMATE HK$500,000–700,000.
    Modern & Contemporary Southeast Asian Art | 1 October
    Demonstrating the immense range of artistic practices in the Southeast Asian region, the day sale offers an array of works by prominent artists such as Lee Man Fong, Pham Hau and Liu Kang. Celebrated for their innovations in medium and technique, their works bear relevance to the layered histories and rich cultures in Southeast Asia, which remain pertinent today.
  • SHEN ZHOU, LANDSCAPE OF YU YIN TANG. ESTIMATE HK$4,000,000–6,000,000.
    Fine Classical Chinese Paintings | 1 October
    The Classical Chinese Paintings auction is a tightly curated assemblage of fine and rare calligraphy and paintings with a particular focus on the Ming and Qing dynasties. Highlighted in the sale is an exceptional handscroll by Shen Zhou, Landscape of Yu Yin Tang, a demonstration of the artist’s Wu-men (Southern Chinese) style. Also featured in the sale are examples of the finest Ming calligraphy on fan leaves by four important artists, Wen Zhengming, Wang Chong, Zhou Tianqiu and Wang Jie.
  • LI KERAN, KUNLUN MOUNTAINS, 1965. ESTIMATE HK$15,000,000–20,000,000.
    Fine Chinese Paintings | 2 October

    Offering approximately 270 exquisite paintings by modern artists, the Chinese Paintings sale in Hong Kong is led by two distinctively styled monumental figure paintings by Zhang Daqian: Guanyin Imitating Dunhuang Fresco and Self Portrait with a Tibetan Mastiff. Also featured are Fu Baoshi’s landscape masterpiece from 1940s, Wu Hufan’s blue and green landscape Verdant Mountains in Morning Mist, and Li Keran’s Kunlun Mountains, which is based on Mao Zedong’s poetry. Additional highlights include an assemblage of late Qing to early 20th century paintings from the renowned Tsao Family Collection.
  • AN EXTREMELY FINE AND MAGNIFICENT IMPERIAL FALANGCAI 'POPPY' BOWLBLUE-ENAMEL MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG. ESTIMATE UPON REQUEST.
    The Falangcai Poppy Bowl | 3 October
    This extraordinary bowl is arguably the greatest example of Qianlong falangcai porcelain in private hands. It is exquisitely enamelled on the exterior with an intricate design of poppies issuing from rockwork, with a butterfly depicted fluttering gracefully overhead, and a fourteen-character poem, and the interior with a finger-citron, apple and cherries. Other than a Yongzheng dish enamelled with poppies, preserved in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, no other example is recorded with this design.
  • AN EXCEPTIONAL AND EXTREMELY RARE GUAN LOBED BRUSH WASHER, SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY. ESTIMATE UPON REQUEST.
    Arcadian Beauty – Exceptional Works from the Song Dynasty | 3 October
    The timeless, ‘contemporary’ design and outstanding craftsmanship of the finest artefacts from China’s Song dynasty (960–1279) do not require a scholar of Chinese art to be understood; they appeal to any connoisseur of classic beauty. Guan, the official ware from the capital, Hangzhou, was designed for the most discriminating tastes – that of the emperors.
  • A HIGHLY IMPORTANT AND EXCEPTIONAL IMPERIALLY GILT-INSCRIBED 'ZHONGQIU TIE' JADE SCREEN YUSHI MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG, DATED BINGYIN YEAR (IN ACCORDANCE WITH 1746). ESTIMATE HK$40,000,000–60,000,000.
    Qianlong – Scholar and Calligrapher | 3 October
    This special sale offers a curated selection of works formerly in the imperial collection of the Qianlong Emperor, revealing his intense interest in China’s literary history. Highlights of the sale include an important jade screen inscribed with calligraphy of the Eastern Jin dynasty (317–420) scholar Wang Xianzhi and a superb tianhuangchilong’ seal offered with a pair of calligraphic hanging scrolls.
  • AN EXTREMELY RARE PAIR OF YELLOW JADE BOWLS, QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY. ESTIMATE HK$5,000,000–7,000,000.
    Important Jades, Ambers and Hardstones from a Distinguished Connoisseur | 3 October
    This superb collection consists of jade and amber carvings of the highest quality, the fruits of forty years of collecting, all selected with the uttermost attention to the quality of the carving and the material itself. Highlights of the sale include a pair of 18th century yellow jade bowls and an 18th century amber carving of two scholars on a sampan.
  • A BLUE AND WHITE ‘GRAPE’ CHARGER, MING DYNASTY, YONGLE PERIOD. ESTIMATE HK$6,000,000–8,000,000.
    Important Chinese Art from the Collection of
    Sir Quo-Wei Lee | 3 October
    The Chinese art collection assembled by Sir Quo-Wei Lee (1918–2013) is of superb quality, consisting of more than 40 lots of the finest Imperial porcelain and jade, the majority acquired at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in the 1980s. Highlights of the sale include a Yongle blue and white ‘grape’ charger and a white jade washer finely carved in the form of a lingzhi fungus from the Yongzheng to Qianlong period.
  • AN OUTSTANDING CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER ‘PHOENIX’ SQUARE TRAY, MARK AND PERIOD OF XUANDE. ESTIMATE HK$12,000,000–15,000,000.
    Gems of Chinese Art – The Speelman Collection II | 3 October
    The second instalment of this spectacular collection of works of art consists of a kaleidoscopic range of materials encompassing the full scope and dynamic artistry of what was created for the Ming and Qing Imperial courts. Highlights of the sale include an important Xuande lacquer tray decorated with phoenix and a pair of Imperial Qianlong cloisonné enamel tapirs.
  • AN EXCEPTIONAL FAMILLE-ROSE RETICULATED ‘FISH’ VASE, BLUE-ENAMEL SEAL MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG. ESTIMATE HK$50,000,000–70,000,000.
    The Yamanaka Reticulated Vase | 3 October
    The exceptional famille-rose reticulated vase decorated with four exquisite pairs of fish, included in the 1905 Yamanaka catalogue and preserved in a private collection for almost a century, ranks among the most complex porcelains from the Qianlong period ever to have emerged on the market.
  • A MAGNIFICENT YANGCAI BLUE-GROUND 'LOTUS' VASE WITH RUYI HANDLES IRON-RED SEAL MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG. ESTIMATE HK$40,000,000 - 60,000,000.
    Important Chinese Art | 3 October
    The tightly curated Important Chinese Art auction, with an assemblage of fine and rare porcelain and works of art, is led by a magnificent blue-ground vase from the Qianlong period. Flanked by a pair of elegant ruyi-shaped handles, the vase is richly decorated in the yangcai (‘foreign colours’) palette and stands out for its superior workmanship and luxurious eye-catching decoration.
  • A SAPPHIRE, EMERALD AND DIAMOND CLIP BROOCH, CARTIER. ESTIMATE HK$950,000–1,400,000.
    Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite | 3 October
    Uniique contemporary creations are met with phenomenal gems from nature in this autumn’s Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite sale. An elegant peacock vintage brooch by Cartier features alongside a striking pair of earrings by design mastermind BHAGAT. In addition, a specially curated collection of exclusive necklaces by famed jewellers such as Van Cleef & Arpels, as well as celebrated Asian contemporary designer, Wallace Chan, are highlighted in this sale.
  • ROLEX, A VERY FINE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT PLATINUM CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOTHER-OF-PEARL DIAL REF 16516 COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA CIRCA 1999. ESTIMATE HK$3,200,000–4,800,000.
    Important Watches | 2 October
    Presenting a carefully selected collection of over 400 lots, the sale fine contemporary and vintage watches from renowned brands including Patek Philippe, Rolex, Audemars Piguet and A. Lange & Söhne to independent watchmakers such as F.P. Journe, Greubel Forsey and Roger Smith.
  • CHÂTEAU LATOUR 1945 (2 BOTTLES). ESTIMATE HK$60,000–85,000.
    CHÂTEAU LATOUR 1959 (1 MARIE-JEANNE). ESTIMATE HK$85,000–110,000.
    CHÂTEAU LATOUR 1947 (1 MAGNUM). ESTIMATE HK$40,000–80,000.
    The Towering Bordeaux Collection Featuring Historic Vintages of Latour | 29 September
    Sotheby’s Hong Kong is pleased to present The Towering Bordeaux Collection featuring historic vintages of Latour – the collection includes a spectacularly rare offering of Château Latour previously purchased at auction direct from the cellars and dating back to 1909; Bordeaux First Growths in legendary vintages 1959, 1961, 1982 and 1990; and original wooden cases of Petrus from the 1980s to 2000s.
  • LA TÂCHE 2005 DOMAINE DE LA ROMANÉE-CONTI (12 BOTTLES). ESTIMATE HK$380,000–550,000.
    LA TÂCHE 2005 DOMAINE DE LA ROMANÉE-CONTI (1 MAGNUM). ESTIMATE HK$65,000–90,000.
    The Wonderful Cellar of an Important Asian Collector | 29 September
    Sotheby’s is excited to offer The Wonderful Cellar of An Important Asian Collector. Amassed over a 20-year period by an important Asian collector, this remarkable collection showcases the very best wines with significant quantities from France, including: nearly 50 lots from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti dating back to 1969; Bordeaux Left Bank First Growths in original wooden cases from the greatest vintages from the 1980s to 2000s; mature vintages such as 1945 Mouton Rothschild in bottle and magnum; Bordeaux Right Bank gems such as Petrus 1989 and 1990, and ultra-rare Le Pin 1982. Rare and mature Champagnes and new world highlights from Penfolds Grange and Joseph Phelps Insignia are also available.
  • CHATEAU CHEVAL BLANC 2010 , FROM HALF BOTTLE TO MELCHIOR . HK$1,100,000–1,400,000.
    Finest and Rarest Wines | 30 September
    Sotheby’s Hong Kong is delighted to hold Finest and Rarest Wines during the autumn sales season. Featuring an exceptional offering of original wooden cases of Petrus from the 1980s signed by Christian Moueix and Cheval Blanc 2010 in all formats from half bottle (375 ml) to melchior (18 litres). Whisky highlights include a bottle of Dalmore Candela 50 Year Old signed by master distiller Richard Paterson.
  • ANDY WARHOL, DOLLAR SIGN [9 WORKS], 1980-82.
    © 2018 THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS, INC. /ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK
    Panorama: A New Perspective | 28 September–03 October | Selling Exhibition
    The selling exhibition highlights some of the most original and influential artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Featuring seminal works spanning over 150 years, this selling exhibition traces the aesthetic development of Modern Art throughout Europe to the United States, and towards the Contemporary abstract art which remains informed by its predecessors.
  • RUDOLF WIEGMANN, ROME, A VIEW OF THE RIVER TIBER LOOKING SOUTH WITH THE CASTEL SANT'ANGELO AND SAINT PETER'S BASILICA BEYOND.
    Old Masters / A Brush With Nature | 28 September–03 October | Selling Exhibition
    The selling exhibition covers 400 years of western painting and drawing, addressing the key themes of European art from the Renaissance to the 19th century: Religious devotion; Still life; Landscape; and depictions of the human form. It includes works by some of the most influential artists of all time, such as Rembrandt, but also contains high quality works by lesser known artists who strove to emulate their forebears.
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