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Important Chinese Art

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Open: Mon-Fri 9.30am-6pm

5/F One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Open: Mon-Fri 9.30am-6pm


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Important Chinese Art

Auction: Sun 9 Oct 2022

Exhibition:

- Sat 8 Oct 2022

5/F One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Important Chinese Art

Mon-Fri 9.30am-6pm

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The Important Chinese Art auction presents a tightly curated sale including masterworks spanning five millennia, from the Neolithic period through to the Qing dynasty. Highlights include an extremely rare Qianlong period chenxiang mirror ‘raree’ cabinet and a Shang dynasty marble frog.

 

The ‘raree’ box, possibly commissioned  in the 17th year (1752), is set with a mirror flanked by two circular holes through which the Qianlong Emperor would have peeped through to view painted pictures, one of which being his most poignant and enigmatically titled double-portrait, ‘One or Two?’ The powerfully carved box cabinet not only showcases the influence of Western mechanism in 18th century court in China, but is possibly the only example known to be employed by the Qianlong Emperor to ponder on the nuances between the literal reflection of the self and self-identity.

 

The Shang dynasty marble frog belongs to a very rare group of marble carvings marking the dawn of Chinese sculpture. Ever so skilfully and minimalistically carved, the sculpture has truly stood the test of time in its timeless aesthetic. Also from the same important Japanese collection as the marble frog is a group of archaic artworks, including a splendidly decorated gold and silver inlaid sword-hilt, also not seen on the market for over 30 years.

 

The sale also includes a carefully selected group of Ming – Qing jades from the collection of Victor Shaw (1935-2020), who was renowned not only for his discerning eye but also his philanthropic pursuits.

 

中國藝術珍品拍賣,慎選精挑,由新石器時代至清朝,跨越中華文化五千年。亮點有乾隆西洋座鏡、商代大理石雕蛙,以及高古銅錯金銀龍紋劍柄。

 

乾隆西洋座鏡,以珍貴沉香木材浮雕傳統雲龍,卻揉合歐洲光學科技,一探鏡孔才知別有洞天,層層牌畫營造立體效果,左方蓬萊仙境,右方乍見高宗〈是一是二圖〉,讓人嘖嘖稱奇。遙想乾隆帝初觀其像,莫不念鏡中花、水中月、夢中蝶,自我與非己,虛實難辨。

 

商代大理石雕蛙,線條簡練,去盡繁紋細節,抽象卻生動,歷三千寒暑雖古宜今,所蘊美感恒久雋永。與大理石蛙同出自日本私人收藏的還有一組睽違市場三十多年的高古藝術品,包括東周至漢的錯金銀劍柄,飾祥龍攀柄而上,展現藝匠創思巧技,昇華兵戎之器,炫耀物主富榮與權力。

 

本場欣呈邵維錫(1935-2020年)藏明清玉器。邵氏樂善好施且眼光獨到,藏玉色潤工精,雅逸大方。

 

For assistance with bidding and registration, please contact:

bids.hongkong@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

 

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

Senior Director, Senior Specialist, Chinese Works of Art

 

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

Senior Director International, Senior Specialist, Chinese Works of Art

 

Xibo Wang | Xibo.Wang@sothebys.com | +852 2822 5582

Director, Head of Department, 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

 

Rubie Fong | Rubie.Fong@sothebys.com | +852 2822 9037

Junior Specialist, Chinese Works of Art

 

Xiaoye Yang | Xiaoye.Yang@sothebys.com | +852 2822 8135

Cataloguer, 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

 

Effective February 28, Sotheby’s has updated its terms and conditions for all categories globally excluding Wine. Please refer to thae Conditions of Business or Conditions of Sale, as appropriate, located on the relevant sale page.

 

由2月28日起,新條款及細則適用於蘇富比全球各地的拍賣類別(洋酒除外)。詳情請參閱相關拍賣頁面所載的業務規則或銷售規則。

 

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