The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, May 26, 2018

World record at Bonhams Hong Kong for Yixing masterpieces collection at HK$52M (4.1M GBP)
The two top lots of the sale, lots 119 and 120, created double excitement with each making HK$10,360,000 (823,908 GBP), taking them way above their pre-sale estimate of HK$4,500,000 (357,835 GBP) and HK$3,500,000 (278,347 GBP) respectively. Photo: Bonhams.

HONG KONG.- Bonhams sales in Hong Kong this week turned an auction room into a Chinese tea party. The exceptional Yixing Stoneware teapots and scholar’s objects from Mr & Mrs Jimmy Sha Collection saw unprecedented prices at auction in Hong Kong, selling after several rounds of applause for a total of HK$52,382,500 (4,165,864 GBP).

The two top lots of the sale, lots 119 and 120, created double excitement with each making HK$10,360,000 (823,908 GBP), taking them way above their pre-sale estimate of HK$4,500,000 (357,835 GBP) and HK$3,500,000 (278,347 GBP) respectively. Both were made by Gu Jingzhou (1915-1996), the most outstanding Yixing potter of the 20th century in China. Lot 119 is a modern inscribed and carved teapot, while lot 120 is a modern ‘stone-spoon’ teapot and cover.

The Masterpieces of Yixing Stoneware from the Mr & Mrs Jimmy Sha Collection consists of 22 pieces of Yixing stoneware teapots and scholar’s objects of the most extraordinary quality that have ever appeared at auction in Hong Kong before. The exquisite and scholarly taste of the connoisseur is reflected in this meticulous yet careful selection of Yixing stoneware that were not only commissioned by the Chinese Emperor but also jointly crafted by famous potters and eminent scholars of the Qing dynasty and the 20th century. Colin Sheaf, Chairman of Bonhams Asia, said: “Following very popular preview exhibitions in Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Singapore, the exceptional quality of this private collection resulted in unprecedented prices for masterworks of the potter’s craft. It is particularly remarkable that in this very esoteric sector of collecting in Chinese ceramics, the two most expensive lots today were actually made within the last 70 years. Respect for outstanding technical ability even applies to 20th century craftsmen in China.”

The Bonhams Hong Kong series of Autumn 2013 Auctions comprised nine sales covering Fine & Rare Wines, Cognac & Whisky; Leica and Classic Cameras; Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art; Fine Jewellery & Jadeite; Modern Wristwatches, Clocks and Fine Writing Instruments; Fine Chinese Paintings: Classical, Modern & Contemporary Ink; The Speelman Collection of Chinese ‘Imperial Tribute’ Snuff Boxes; Masterpieces of Yixing Stoneware from the Mr and Mrs Jimmy Sha Collection; and Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. After four days of auctioneering, with large audiences at most sales and strong results in every sector, Bonhams announced a sale total in excess of HK$220 million.

The audience did a double take during the Leica and Classic Camera Sale when two Leica cameras each made HK$4,840,000 (384,915 GBP). The extraordinarily rare Leica Luxus II made in 1932 had been discovered some years ago on the famous British BBC ‘Antiques Roadshow’. It had been brought in by a man who had paid a fairly nominal amount for it and his family was more than delighted by the world record price it made. The other camera which achieved the same price was a rare Leica Luxus I made in 1930.

Given the ongoing success of the Hong Kong sales, and its year-on-year growth during its seven years trading in Hong Kong, Bonhams’ decision to create an auction business in Asia eminently justifies the major expansion. The company next year will include new and larger offices in Hong Kong, an expanded network of regional offices, and the addition of experienced specialist staff in Hong Kong to boost the most important departments as a response to the increasing demand from clients around the region. The new office in Pacific Place is a particularly visible sign of Bonhams’ long term commitment to the Asian region as the work is being designed by the same architect Alex Lifschutz who has recently completed the major 30 million GBP (HK$377 million) rebuild of Bonhams New Bond Street headquarters in London.

Today's News

November 25, 2013

National Maritime Museum examines J.M.W Turner’s lifelong fascination with the sea

French World War II veteran sells photo albums from Hitler manse for $13,700

(RED) Auction: $26.2 million raised at Sotheby's to fight against AIDS in Africa

Granddaughter of German painter Otto Dix slams 'scandalous' handling of Nazi art trove

British artist Jason Martin presents a new series of cast copper and nickel works at Lisson Gallery Milan

MoMA presents Isaac Julien's acclaimed film installation Ten Thousand Waves

Sotheby's to hold the first-ever Auction of Contemporary Art from Russia and Eastern Europe

Style queen: Fashion editor Isabella Blow's wardrobe on show in London at Somerset House

OHWOW gallery in Los Angeles now representing The Robert Mapplethorpe Estate

Matt Johnson’s second solo show at Alison Jacques Gallery opens in London

METRO Show dealers entice fair-goers with a spectrum of diverse curated exhibits

Exhibition of new works by Jan De Vliegher opens at Mike Weiss Gallery in New York

World record at Bonhams Hong Kong for Yixing masterpieces collection at HK$52M (4.1M GBP)

Michael Shumacher's Benetton-Cosworth Ford B194 to go under the hammer at Bonhams

Bonhams sells furniture of war hero who masterminded Operation 'Overlord'

Exhibition of recent paintings by the Ghanaian-born artist George Afedzi Hughes opens at Skoto Gallery

Part II of The Sam Snead Collection headlines Significant Golf Collectibles Event at Heritage Auctions

"theory of everything" by Jamey Morrill opens at Yellow Peril Gallery

In his fourth solo show, Klemens Gasser "feathers" the subjects of sex, life and death

Simon Dybbroe Møller's second exhibition at Laura Bartlett Gallery opens in London

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- New Rembrandt found after being bought at London auction

2.- Exhibition at Fotohof focuses on groups in society who are at risk of marginalisation

3.- John Brennan collection of Rock n Roll memorabilia offered at RR Auction

4.- A Bob Dylan guitar fetches $495,000 at auction

5.- Exhibition in San Francisco focuses on the latter half of René Magritte's career

6.- 'Mad' king Ludwig II of Bavaria lost gift to composer Richard Wagner gets rare show

7.- New Royal Academy of Arts opens in celebration of its 250th anniversary

8.- Researchers uncover Anne Frank's 'dirty jokes'in her diary

9.- New York art sales near $3 billion in two weeks as uber-rich hunt trophies

10.- Berlin's Ethnological Museum returns grave-plundered artefacts to Alaska

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful