SOTHEBY’S HONG KONG CHINESE WORKS OF ART DECEMBER AUCTION SERIES TO TAKE PLACE ON 3 – 4 DECEMBER 2015
Later Chinese Bronzes from the Collection of Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn 3 December 2015
Chinese Art 3 – 4 December 2015
Public Previews: 27 November – 2 December 2015 Sotheby’ Hong Kong Gallery
Hong Kong, 20 November 2015 Sotheby’s Hong Kong December series of Chinese Works of Art sales will take place on 3 and 4 December 2015.
The series will feature a dedicated sale of Later Chinese Bronzes from the Collection of Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn, and the Chinese Art sale, encompassing Song ceramics, classical Chinese furniture and carefully curated private collections from Hong Kong and Europe.
Christian Bouvet, Director and Head of Mid-Season Sales, Chinese Works of Art Department, says, “We hope that collectors will appreciate the selection of works we curated in our December auctions. The collection of later Chinese bronzes assembled by Gerard and Ellie Hawthorn over 50 years in Europe is of impressive quality.
"The two- day Chinese Art sale brings a special focus on works from the Song dynasty, including collections of classic ceramics and a rare sculpture of a luohan from the collection of the legendary explorer and art dealer Arthur S. Vernay.”
LATER CHINESE BRONZES FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR AND MRS GERARD HAWTHORN 10am│3 December 2015
Collected over five decades by London-based specialist Chinese Oriental art dealer Gerard Hawthorn, this scholarly collection includes incense burners, archaistic vessels, water droppers, hand warmers and religious figures.
Comprising over 100 lots, the sale is highlighted by two outstanding Imperial reign-marked vessels, a Yongzheng jue, dated 1730 and a Qianlong lian, both ranking alongside the greatest examples from the Qing court collection preserved in Beijing and Taipei.
Highlights: Lot 30 A Bronze Ritual Vessel, Jue Mark and Period of Yongzheng, dated 1730 Height 25 cm Est. HK$600,000 – 800,000 / US$77,500 – 104,000*
This outstanding bronze vessel is of exceptional quality and rarity, comparable to the finest early Qing dynasty incense burners preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing. Elegant in form, derived from a Shang dynasty ritual bronze vessel, its rare mark is outstanding on all surviving vessels. Only a small number of Yongzheng reign-marked bronze vessels have ever been offered at auction.
A 'Ding' lotus lobed bowl, northern Song dynasty