Important Chinese Art

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Important Chinese Art

Hong Kong

Important Chinese Art
Auction: Thu 22 Apr 2021
Exhibition: - Sun 21 Apr 2002
By Appointment

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The Important Chinese Art auction opens with three extremely important seals embodying some of the most defining moments in Chinese imperial history – from the apex of the Ming dynasty and its brutal downfall, to the consolidation of the glorious Manchu empire and its decline in the 19th century. They include the only surviving Ming dynasty imperial seal, carved in memory of the influential and benevolent consort of the Yongle Emperor, Empress Wen; the largest and most important seal ever carved for the Kangxi Emperor, who in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, was the single most powerful person on earth, ruling over a vast Kingdom of over 100 million subjects; and the white jade seal commissioned and used by the latter’s grandson, the Qianlong Emperor, to not only memorialise his beloved relationship with his grandfather, but also legitimise the controversial succession of power of his father, the Yongzheng Emperor.

 

In addition to the historically important seals, we are pleased to offer a selection of imperial ceramics from the Ming and Qing dynasties, such as an impressive Yongle blue and white charger brilliantly painted with grapes, a Hongzhi yellow-ground and underglaze-blue dish, and a Yongzheng blue and white lotus-mouth vase. The sale will also present a range of fine and rare works of art, including two treasures from the Qianlong period: an imperial Beijing enamelled ‘peony’ covered wine ewer and a richly-decorated ruby-red overlay covered glass jar.

 

春季中國藝術珍品拍賣,開首獻呈寶璽三方,跨越兩朝,見證歷史關鍵時刻。第一方為明洪熙永樂仁孝文皇后青玉龍鈕諡寶,乃唯一傳世之明代宮廷諡寶,絕無僅有。文皇后乃開國大臣徐達長女,體恤臣民,敢言勸諫,奠基永樂盛世有功,為後宮立下高尚的道德典範。第二方為康熙帝御寶檀香木異獸鈕「敬天勤民」方璽,尺寸碩大、雕刻有勁,縱觀康熙寶璽,無出其右。康熙皇帝權傾天下,立志勤民敬天,勵精圖治,寰宇一統,奠基三代盛世昇平。最後一方為乾隆帝御寶交龍鈕白玉「紀恩堂」璽,印體環刻乾隆御製〈紀恩堂記〉,以首覲康熙之地為題,既念祖孫親情,並揚皇位正統,為父皇雍正奪嫡登基之事闢謠,暗示康熙喜愛皇孫,早屬意由他繼承大業,是以傳位四子胤禛。

 

除三方重璽,且有珍罕明清御瓷,例如永樂青花葡萄菱式大盤、弘治黄地青花梔子花紋盤、雍正青花纏枝蓮鋪首耳長頸蓮口瓶。精品且有各式工藝珍器,如銅胎北京畫琺瑯黃地牡丹酒壺,以及雪霏地套寶石紅料仕女嬰戲圖蓋罐,兩者均署乾隆年款,各有千秋,美不勝收。

 

For assistance with bidding and registration, please contact:

enquiries@sothebys.com

+852 2524 8121

 

For all sale enquiries please contact:

 

Nicolas Chow | Nicolas.Chow@sothebys.com | +852 2822 8128

Senior Director, Chairman, Asia, Worldwide Head and Chairman of Chinese Works of Art

 

Julian King | Julian.King@sothebys.com | +852 2822 5518

Senior Director, International Specialist, Chinese Works of Art

 

Carrie Li | Carrie.Li@sothebys.com | +852 2822 8155

Senior Director, Senior Specialist, Chinese Works of Art

 

Sam Shum | Sam.Shum@sothebys.com | +852 2822 8125

Senior Director, Senior Specialist, Chinese Works of Art

 

Amethyst Chau | Amethyst.Chau@sothebys.com | +852 2822 8121

Director, Specialist, Chinese Works of Art

 

Vivian Tong | Vivian.Tong@sothebys.com | +852 2822 9027

Deputy Director, Head of Mid-Season Sales, Chinese Works of Art

 

Cristine Li | Cristine.Li@sothebys.com | +852 2822 8122

Deputy Director, Specialist, Chinese Works of Art

 

Gigi Yu | Gigi.Yu@sothebys.com | +852 2822 8135

Deputy Director, Specialist, Chinese Works of Art

 

Mizuka Seya | Mizuka.Seya@sothebys.com | +81 3 3230 2755

Deputy Director, Specialist, Chinese Works of Art, Japan

 

Ching Yi Huang | Chingyi.Huang@sothebys.com | +886 2 2757 6689

Deputy Director, Specialist, Chinese Works of Art

 

Please note that as of August 1st 2020, Overhead Premium, a fee payable by all auction buyers in our global salesrooms and online sales, will be charged at 1% of the hammer price plus any applicable local taxes. It is an allocation of the overhead costs relating to our facilities, property handling and other administrative expenses. This fee and our Buyer’s Premium rates exclude local taxes and any applicable artist’s resale right.

 

從2020年8月1日起,蘇富比的全球拍賣及所有網上拍賣將加收營運附加費。本費用將按落槌價的1%及加上任何適用地方稅項收取;本費用將用於營運支出,以及維持在競爭激烈的藝術市場中,提供優質服務及豐富經驗所需的高昂成本。本費用與買家酬金不包括地方稅項及任何適用之藝術家轉售權費用。

 

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