You are curious about Chinese art market?
You want to see Museum pieces?
You like auction houses’ splendors?
From November 20 to 26, Christie’s hold its Autumn Auctions in Hong Kong and displayed top quality works, from Western Vintage Handbags and Jewelry to Chinese Imperial Ceramics and Modern paintings. The Oriental Ceramic Society organized a private tour of the department of Chinese Works of Arts and Ceramics. I couldn’t miss it!
The public viewings and the 14 auctions took place between Friday 20 and Wednesday 25 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Chinese Modern and Contemporary Paintings were hang in Hall 1, whereas the Ancient Chinese Inks and European Old Master Paintings were in Hall 3. Hall 3 also showcases Ancient Art in general: such as Chinese Ceramics, along with Fine Jewels and Luxury Hand bags.
Department of Chinese Works of Art and Ceramics :
Silk satin thangka, Yongle Period, 132 x 84 in, picture@Christie’s
Rosemary Scott (International Academic Director of Christie’s Asian Art Departments) and Pola Antebi (International Director of the Chinese Works of Art Department in Hong Kong) introduced us to a rare silk satin thangka, exquisitely embroidered throughout with gold threads and brilliant coloured silk threads, dating from the Yongle Period XVth century, and already sold by the auction House in the Past. They valued the piece at 8 millions USD and sold it for HK$ 4,580,000 ($593,784).
Celadon-glazed vase, Qing Dynasty, picture@Christie’s
Pola Antebi also showed us XVIII th century porcelains from Qing dynasty, especially that perfect Celadon-glazed vase engraved with motives usually depicted on Archaic Bronze vessels . The vase fetched $7,922,500.
Incense wood, picture@MathildeHK
The Department of Chinese Arts decided to focus on the following thematic: Drawn by the senses. Pola Antebi explained to us that she was inspired by the Song Scholars and artists called the Literati in displaying and curating that selling exhibition. She also expressed her desire to create a new collecting category that I knew nothing about: Precious incense woods. She actually started the collection, considering the very high price of incense woods today. We had the opportunity to smell some very precious pieces.
Figure, 1986, ink and colour on paper 100 x 100 cm. (39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in.) 20th Century, picture@MathildeHK
I also noticed a very funny and expressive painter named: HUANG YONGYU (Born 1924) whose works are colorful, dynamic and friendly. That piece,Figure, was estimated HK$ 300,000 – HK$ 600,000 and sold HK$ 687,500 or ($89,034).
To be continued in March 2015, for the next Christie’s Spring Auctions