50 Years New in Asia

The Leshantang Collection – Treasures of Chinese Art from the Tsai I-Ming Collection

Hong Kong | 8 October

The Leshantang collection formed by Tsai I-Ming offers a unique perspective on the tastes, perceptions and connoisseurship of an individual, as it brings together works from across the history of art in a dialogue that enriches each of them. Imperial porcelain stood at the genesis of Tsai I-ming’s collecting journey, which impressively lasted close to half a century. Far from being driven by an investment mindset, the assemblage of the Leshantang collection was a deeply personal and visceral journey steeped in anecdotal gems lying behind every acquisition, and one such notable example was his purchase of Zhang Daqian’s Dragon Maiden Worshipping Buddha at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in 1981, which led him on a quest to meet Zhang Daqian himself to discuss the hitherto unseen striking red pigments in the painting. To honor the semicentennial partnership between the Tsai family and Sotheby's, part of the Leshantang Collection will be showcased in Sotheby’s Autumn Sale 2023 on 8 October, 2023.

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