Fine Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Paintings Auction

26 November 2007 at 7pm (local time) – The Fine Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Paintings auction focuses this time on high-value consignments from private collections outside Hong Kong, reflecting the current preference among Chinese buyers to bid for high-quality art fresh to the Hong Kong market.

A choice selection of 20th century paintings includes the ten-leaf album, “Ten Beauties”, by Lin Fengmian (estimate HK$1 – 1.5 million), and a thirteen-leaf album, “Figures” by Fan Zheng (estimate HK$1 – 1.5 million). Sculpture is represented by two wood carvings by one of Taiwan’s most famous artist/sculptors, Zhu Ming; the more expensive lot is a figure from his “Tai Chi Thrust” series (estimate HK$400,000 – 600,000).

Commenting on the paintings she has sourced in America and Asia for this auction, Bonhams’ specialist Meilin Wang said: “This is a fine representative group of those artists who have consistently proved popular at auction among a wide range of international buyers. We expect some strong interest from Taiwan, China and Singapore for the best works by Zhang Daqian, Wu Guangzhong and Fan Zheng.

Among the outstanding range of fine Chinese Works of Art, collectors are expected to bid eagerly for the beautiful early Ming gilt-bronze figure of the Bodhisattva Maitreya, Yongle mark and period (1403-1424), (estimate HK$1.5 – 2 million). Ceramics include an exceptional large “famille verte” vase boldly painted in Guanyao taste, Kangxi period (1662 -1722), which was formerly in the famous Hong Kong collection of shipping tycoon T. Y. Chao, last sold in Hong Kong at the legendary auction in 1986 (estimate HK$1.5 – 2 million). The sale also contains fine lacquer carvings.

Chairman of Bonhams Asia Colin Sheaf observed: “We have responded to our clients’ comments after our inaugural auction here in May, and concentrated on sourcing top-quality material in the West for the highly experienced and knowledgeable local buyers. We are proud to be offering such excellent paintings and works of art in this Bonhams Hong Kong series of art, jewellery and watches auctions. Bonhams remains totally committed to becoming a leading player in the world’s most competitive market for Chinese art. We are all extremely excited by the business growth we have achieved and the new clients we have met in the Asian region already, since opening our Asia head office in Hong Kong.”