MathildeHK at Sotheby’s preview – Hong Kong April 3rd

You like Chinese Art and Ceramics?

You are curious about eminent private collections?

You enjoy auction records?


On Sunday April 3rd, Nicolas Show gave the OCS a tour on the highlights of the Pilkington Collection of Chinese Art. The sale fetched 502,772,500 HKD and took place last Wednesday April 6th.

The Preview focused on 9 ceramic pieces from the Pilkington Collection

Pilkington came from an English family involved in glass industry and  started collecting Chinese Art in his early 30s. He gathered works especially between 1958-1968.His father collected as well.

Why is that collection so interesting?

It is a very English collection, with fine, rather small pieces, about 30 cm high, with early period Song,Tang and Ming pieces that could be hold in one hand, in the fashion of Chinese ceramic collecting at that time. Nicolas Show underlined that both the Periods and the gender of the artefacts remained quite a standard for Asian first collectors such as his predecessor and mentor Julian Thomson.

This White and Blue Moonflask  from the Yongle Period was the first presented item. With a Middle-East design,  this piece with a glaze in excellent shape might have been used for display or for Wine, it is not settled yet.The shape is a bit unregular, the pot being heavy, it has changed shape in firing and get slightly unbalanced. Estimated 30 millions had and was sold 110,520,000 HKD Hammer price.

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We also discovered that little  waves jar which might have been a water pot or a small tea jar. Estimated 1,200,000 – 1,800,000 HKD, it fetched  17,480,000 HKD

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The last piece of the tour was about the imperial seals. Many Qianlong seals were sold by Sotheby’s lately but this one was the largest imperial seal for Kangxi emperor. Base of imperial power, the seals gave the right to rule. That seal was carved early on in the reign and was copied on a jade seal. It was sold on April 6th for 92,600,000 HKD (Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium)

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The sale Literati – Curiosity II drew our interest for the mixt of media and periods. Indeed, the juxtaposition of Old-Master drawings, Gogottes, scholars Rocks, buddhists sculptures and fossiles, among which a mammoth skull,estimated 650,000 – 750,000 and sold 2,480,000 HKD recreated the atmosphere of Asian curiosity and Western Kunstkammer.


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