In celebration of its 40th anniversary in Asia, Sothebys
presents a stellar line-up of rare offerings at its Hong Kong Autumn Sales 2013 taking place from 4 to 8 October at Hall 3, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The sale series will include Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Fine Chinese Paintings, Early Ink Masters Paintings, 20th Century Chinese Art, Contemporary Asian Art, Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings, Jewellery, Watches and Wines.
Selected highlights will be showcased in travelling exhibitions in Jakarta (30 31 August), Shanghai (4 5 September), Beijing (7 8 September), Singapore (13 14 September), Bangkok (16 17 September), Taipei (21 22 September) and Kaohsiung (24 25 September), followed by a public exhibition of all of the properties on offer at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 3 to 7 October.
Kevin Ching, Chief Executive Officer of Sothebys Asia says, We are proud to have been the first international auction house in Asia in 1973, as well as the first international fine art auction house licensed to conduct business in China in 2012. This year in 2013, we are delighted to celebrate Sothebys 40th anniversary in Asia by presenting a distinguished series of sales, including many treasures from important collections of our valued clients, many of which have never been seen at auction. We are immensely grateful for our clients support.
Our Autumn sales schedule this year will be anchored by the eagerly anticipated Sothebys Hong Kong 40th Anniversary Evening Sale, which will combine the best offerings of our 20th Century Chinese Art, Contemporary Asian Art and Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art categories. This very special Evening Sale will have the highest total estimate of any comparable sale in Asia and promises to be a memorable event. We are also honoured to have been entrusted with collections and objects in various categories, including wines, Chinese ceramics and works of art, fine Chinese paintings, works by early ink masters as well as jewellery and timepieces. These auctions demonstrate our worldwide clients trust in Sothebys and their unwavering confidence in the Asian auction markets.
In addition, we plan to announce details of the important forthcoming auction in Beijing as well as our 40th anniversary celebration. We will also announce a delightful autumn line-up of selling and non-selling exhibitions and auctions at Sothebys Hong Kong Gallery. We look forward to celebrating with our clients in Asia this historic milestone and to many prosperous years to come.
AUCTION CALENDAR AND HIGHLIGHTS (in chronological order)
WINE｜4 - 5 OCTOBER
4 October: Domaine Clarence Dillon: Wines Direct from the Cellars of Château Haut-Brion Château Quintus Château La Mission Haut-Brion
This is the very first time that Domaine Clarence Dillon the owner of Château Haut-Brion, the Bordeaux First Growth, and Château La Mission Haut-Brion, as well as the recently acquired St. Émilion estate, Château Quintus offers treasures direct from their cellars through an auction in Asia. Estimated at HK$11.4 16.4 million / US$1.5 2.1 million, 550 lots from 1891 to 2012 all of which have never left the Châteaux will be offered. The sale also includes an exquisite wooden wine console designed by HRH Prince Robert of Luxembourg, President of Domaine Clarence Dillon, and Linley of London which will be auctioned to benefit Médecins San Frontières Hong Kong.
Haut-Brion 1961 (12 bottles) Est. HK$190,000 320,000 / US$25,000 40,000
Haut-Brion Blanc 1989 (12 bottles) Est. HK$160,000 280,000 / US$20,000 35,000
Charity Lot of Domaine Clarence Dillon Wine Console and Rare Château Haut-Brion Wines Est. HK$800,000 1.2 million / US$100,000 150,000
5 October: A Magnificent Bordeaux Cellar
This magnificent collection features 300 lots estimated at HK$14 20 million / US$1.8 2.6 million. Top class Bordeaux from the best vintages are available, such as 1982, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 2000, many of which are offered in parcels. There is also a large selection of Château d'Yquem from the best vintages, as well as rare vertical selections of Vega Sicilia Único spanning five decades.
Mouton Rothschild 2000 (12 bottles) Est. HK$80,000 - 110,000 / US$10,000 - 14,000; 10 cases in total
Margaux 2000 (12 bottles) Est. HK$70,000 - 110,000 / US$9,000 - 14,000; 8 cases in total
Cheval Blanc 2000 (12 bottles) Est. HK$60,000 85,000 / US$7,500 11,000; 8 cases in total
5 October: Important Burgundy and Bordeaux from a Private Cellar
This is an extraordinary collection of the best Burgundy and Bordeaux, in addition to Champagne, Italian and Australian wines, with important quantities of mature wines which are rarely seen. Over 500 lots estimated at HK$29 40 million / US$3.7 5.2 million will be offered.
Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux, Henri Jayer, 1991 (12 bottles) Est. HK$280,000 400,000 / US$35,000 50,000
Le Pin 1990 (12 bottles) Est. HK$240,000 340,000 / US$30,000 42,500
Mouton Rothschild 1982 (12 bottles) Est. HK$80,000 110,000 / US$10,000 14,000; 16 cases in total
EARLY INK MASTERS｜5 OCTOBER
The dedicated sale Early Ink Masters continues the Chinese literati tradition in the contemporary era. The sale presents works by early masters of Chinese ink painting who established their careers abroad in the 20th century, featuring Chen Qikuan, Fang Zhaolin, He Huaishuo, Li Yihong, Liu Guosong, Lu Shoukun, Wang Jiqian, Zheng Weiguo and Zhou Luyun. As ambassadors of both traditional Chinese and Western modern art techniques, these artists embody the nature of change in contemporary China and its diaspora. The selection of works articulates the philosophy of the literati tradition within the contemporary milieu, with the hope to create unexpected perceptions and raise provocative juxtapositions of art and culture.
Lu Shoukun (Lui Shou Kwan; 1919 1975), Purity - Zen Painting, 1970. Ink and colour on paper, 179.5 x 96.5 cm. Est. HK$220,000 280,000 / US$28,200 35,900
Wang Jiqian (C. C. Wang; 1907 2003), Landscape, 1982. Ink and colour on paper, 73.5 x 100 cm. Est. HK$140,000 180,000 / US$17,950 23,080
Chen Qikuan (Chen Chi-Kwan; 1921 2007), Valley, 1990. Ink and colour on paper, 32 x 62 cm. Est. HK$160,000 200,000 / US$20,510 25,640
SOTHEBYS HONG KONG 40TH ANNIVERSARY EVENING SALE｜5 OCTOBER, 7 PM
To mark its 40th anniversary in Asia, Sothebys announced a celebratory Evening Sale, which has been carefully curated to present over 50 modern and contemporary Asian works of art of superb quality from such eminent artists as Zao Wou-Ki, Sanyu, Zeng Fanzhi, Liu Ye and Walter Spies, among others. With the highest total estimate ever presented for a comparable sale in Asia, this auction promises to be a fitting and memorable anniversary celebration.
20th Century Chinese Art Evening Sale
Zao Wou-Ki (1920 2013), 3.4.60 1.2.69, 1960 1969. Oil on canvas, 195 x 130 cm. Est. HK$20 30 million / US$2.6 3.8 million
Luo Zhongli (b. 1948), Childrens Games, 1992. Oil on canvas, 120 x 96 cm. Est. HK$6 8 million / US$769,000 1 million
Wang Yidong (b. 1955), The Letter, 2006. Oil on canvas, 100 x 150 cm. Est. HK$10 18 million / US$1.3 2.3 million
Contemporary Asian Art Evening Sale
Zeng Fanzhi (b. 1964), Mask Series No. 14, 1994. Oil on canvas, 150 x 130 cm. Est. HK$9 12 million / US$1.2 1.5 million
Takashi Murakami (b. 1962), The World of Sphere, 2003. Acrylic on canvas, 350 x 350cm. Est. HK$16 24 million / US$2.1 3.1 million
Zhang Xiaogang (b. 1958), Bloodline: Big Family Series No. 12, 1996. Oil on canvas, 190 x 150 cm. Est. HK$16 25 million / US$2.1 3.2 million
Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings Evening Sale
Juan Luna (1857 1899), España y Filipinas (Spain and Philippines), 1889. Oil on canvas, 229.5 x 79.5 cm. Est. HK$3.5 5.5 million / US$451,000 709,000
Walter Spies (1895 1942), Blick von Der Höhe (A View from the Heights), 1934. Oil on canvas, 100.5 x 82.5 cm. Estimate upon request
Rudi Mantofani (b. 1973), Bayangan Merah (Red Shadow), 2009. Acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm. Est. HK$380,000 480,000 / US$48,000 61,000
20TH CENTURY CHINESE ART DAY SALE｜6 OCTOBER
Wu Guanzhong (1919 2010), Lotus Flowers, 1973. Oil on canvas, 60.5 x 50 cm. Est. HK$6 8 million / US$769,000 1 million
Zao Wou-Ki (1920 2013), 2.6.70, 1970. Oil on canvas, 94.6 x 104.6 cm. Est. HK$8 12 million / US$1 1.5 million
Chu Teh-Chun (b. 1920), Composition No.297, 1968. Oil on canvas, 64 x 91 cm. Est. HK$4.8 6 million / US$615,000 769,000
CONTEMPORARY ASIAN ART DAY SALE｜6 OCTOBER
Takashi Murakami (b. 1962), Kaikai Kiki, 2002. Acrylic on canvas mounted on panel, 100 x 100cm. Est. HK$4.8 6.4 million / US$615,000 821,000
Zhang Xiaogang (b. 1958), Private Note No. 1, 1990. Oil and paper collage on canvas, 85 x 100 cm. Est. HK$4.5 6.5 million / US$577,000 833,000
Jia Aili (b. 1979), Good Morning World, 2009. Oil on canvas, 94 x164 cm. Est. HK$1.2 1.5 million / US$154,000 192,000
MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY SOUTHEAST ASIAN PAINTINGS DAY
S.Sudjojono (1914 1986), The Ruins and the Piano, 1956. Oil on canvas, 126 x 200 cm. Estimate upon request
Lee Man Fong (1913 1988), Village, 1950s. Oil on masonite board, 100 x 200 cm. Estimate upon request
I Nyoman Masriadi (b. 1973), Aerobik (Aerobics), 2000. Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 200 cm. Est. HK$1.2 1.8 million / US$154,000 232,000
FINE CHINESE PAINTINGS｜7 OCTOBER
Zhang Daqian (1899 1983), Lady by the Bamboo. Ink and colour on paper, framed, 55 x 40.5 cm. Est. HK$2.5 3.5 million / US$321,000 450,000
Lu Yanshao (1909 1993), Sailing Through the Whirlpool, 1979. Ink and colour on paper, framed, 137 x 67.8 cm. Est. HK$3.2 5 million / US$410,000 641,000
Huang Binhong (1864 1955), Recluse in a Secluded Valley. Ink and colour on paper, hanging scroll, 89 x 48.6 cm. Est. HK$2 3 million / US$256,000 385,000
MAGNIFICENT JEWELS AND JADEITE｜7 OCTOBER
8.03-Carat Cushion-Shaped Pigeons Blood Burmese Ruby *To be set on a unique mount by celebrated Asian jewellery designer, Cindy Chao. Est. HK$28 - 30 million / US$3.5 3.8 million
From The Collection Of An Overseas Chinese Family Set Of Two Jadeite Bead Necklaces, Circa Republican Period. Est. HK$22 - 30 million / US$2.8 3.8 million
From The Estate Of Ji Ing Soong, 13.19-Carat Emerald-Cut Light Pink Diamond And Diamond Ring, Cartier. Est. HK$4.7 6.3 million / US$600,000 800,000
FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART｜8 OCTOBER
Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art
An Outstanding And Highly Important Massive Gilt-Bronze Figure Of A Seated Shakyamuni Buddha. Mark And Period Of Yongle. Expected to fetch in excess of HK$50 million / US$6.4 million
An Exceedingly Rare And Fine Cobalt-Blue And Iron-Red Mythical Beasts Stemcup. Mark And Period Of Xuande. Est. HK$25 35 million / US$3.2 4.5 million
An Outstanding Set Of Three Qianlong Princely Soapstone Seals With Fitted Zitan Box. Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng Period. Expected to fetch in excess of HK$80 million / US$10 million
Chinese Art Through The Eye Of Sakamoto Gorō
A Magnificent Dry Lacquer Head Of Buddha. Tang Dynasty. Expected to fetch in excess of HK$30 million / US$3.8 million
Qing Imperial Porcelain A Kyoto Collection
A Fine And Magnificent Celadon-Glazed Longevity Ruyi-Handled Vase. Seal Mark And Period Of Qianlong. Est. HK$10 15 million / US$1.3 1.9 million
IMPORTANT WATCHES｜8 OCTOBER
Patek Philippe. A Very Fine And Rare Platinum And Diamond-Set Automatic Minute Repeating Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch With Cathedral Gongs, Moon-Phases And Leap Year Indicators. Circa 2013 Ref. 5073P. Est. HK$5.5 6.5 million / US$710,000 840,000
Richard Mille. A Rare And Extremely Light-Weighted Limited Edition Carbon Composite Tonneau-Form Tourbillon Wristwatch. Circa 2011 RM027 Rafael Nadal. Est. HK$2.5 3.5 million / US$323,000 450,000
Highlighting Magnificent Clocks From An Important Private Collection Part II
Patek Philippe. The Fancy Carp Fountain Clock. An Exceptional Gold, Rock Crystal, Diamond, Emerald and Ruby-set Fancy Carp Fountain Clock, Circa 1990. Est. HK$2 3 million / US$260,000 380,000
Cartier. The Panther Portico Mystery Clock. A Very Rare Gold, Diamond, Emerald, Pearl, Rock Crystal and Smokey Quartz Panther Mystery Clock, Circa 1990. Est. HK$1.5 2.5 million / US$190,000 320,000
AWAKENING SPRING: AN EXHIBITION OF SIGNIFICANT WORKS BY WU GUANZHONG｜3 - 7 OCTOBER
In celebration of its 40th anniversary in Asia, Sothebys Hong Kong is privileged to present Awakening Spring: An Exhibition of Significant Works by Wu Guanzhong, an extraordinary collection of ink paintings by renowned modern Chinese artist, Wu Guanzhong, during the Autumn Sale Series 2013. The 40 museum-quality works exhibited come from a distinguished private collection, The Low Gallery, which features the most important assemblage of Wus ink paintings in private hands. Together, this special anthology showcases the artists most significant and defining works created at the height of his career, notably An Old Town of the Jiaohe, 1981, and Wisteria, 1990. Selected paintings will be on view at an extended exhibition at Sothebys Hong Kong Gallery from 10 to 20 October.
Wu Guanzhong, An Old Town of the Jiaohe, 1981. Ink and colour on paper, framed, 106 x 102 cm
Wu Guanzhong, Wisteria, 1990. Ink and colour on paper, framed, 69 x 137 cm