Exquisite Yixing stoneware and scholar's objects return triumphantly to the Bonhams Hong Kong 2012 spring auctions

27 May 2012, Yixing stoneware and scholar's objects from private collections

Exquisite Yixing stoneware and scholar's objects return triumphantly to the Bonhams Hong Kong 2012 spring auctions

27 May 2012, Yixing stoneware and scholar's objects from private collections

Exquisite Yixing stoneware and scholar's objects return triumphantly to the Bonhams Hong Kong 2012 spring auctions

27 May 2012, Yixing stoneware and scholar's objects from private collections

Auction Date
27 May at 4pm

Public Viewing
23 May from 3pm - 9pm
24, 25 and 26 May from 10am - 9pm
27 May from 10am - 2pm

Venue
Island Ballroom, Island Shangri-La Hotel, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Following on from the unprecedented success of the sale of the Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn Collection of Yixing Stoneware on 28 November 2011, which achieved spectacular results including several new world records, Bonhams Hong Kong is offering a dedicated sale of Yixing Stoneware and Scholar's Objects from Private Collections on 27 May at the Island Shangri-La Hotel.

Of all the private collections in this sale, the greatest is the section of Yixing Stoneware from the Mr and Mrs Jimmy Sha Collection, consisting of Yixing scholar's objects of extraordinary quality, mostly signed by famous potters. One of the highlights of this collection is a Yang Jichu brushpot (lot 548), estimated at HK$2,000,000-3,000,000, closely related to the famous brushpot in the Palace Museum, Beijing, and another Yang Jichu brushpot from the Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn Collection, which sold for a world record price of HK$3,860,400 in November. The collection is also notable for the number of high quality Chen Mingyuan pieces with established provenances. There is a water vessel (lot 547, estimate HK$400,000-800,000) from the ground breaking 1978 sale of I-Hsing Wares, reputedly from the family collection of Du Yuesheng (1888-1951), the Shanghai businessman and Kuomintang supporter. There are also four extremely rare pieces from the collection of Chen Keli (1908- after 1985), all published in his rarified catalog. These can be traced back to the early 20th century, and, by oral tradition to the Qing dynasty, when the wealthy salt merchant family Zhang were benefactors and sponsors of literati figures, including Chen Mingyuan. Lot 550, an Yixing stoneware libation cup modeled on the form of an archaic bronze ritual jue vessel (estimate HK$700,000-1,000,000) and signed Chen Mingyuan, is particularly noteworthy.

The sale opens with the second part of the Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn Collection of Yixing Stoneware, consisting of 45 lots of teapots and scholar's objects. Highlights include a teapot and cover signed by Feng Youlan, a famous potter in the Jiaqing/Daoguang period. There is also a teacup from the Dreyfus collection, exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London in 1890.

The sale includes a number of Yixing wares from Japanese and other private collections, including a large Ming dynasty teapot and cover (lot 581) with a recorded history tracing back to the 17th century. Following the success of the sale of a tianhuang seal from the collection of Hu Hanmin, signed for Pan Jianan in November 28, 2011 (sold for HK$3,740,000), a Qianlong reign-marked tianhuang 'landscape' seal (lot 565) has been included in this sale, estimated at a conservative HK$200,000-300,000.

The sale concludes with 54 lots of Yixing Stoneware from a distinguished Asian family collection. The collection is particularly attractive for collectors, because many have been previously exhibited in the National Museum of History, Taipei, and all have been published in Wellington Wang's collection of Yixing Wares in 1993. Of the Qing dynasty teapots, one of the highlights is lot 591, an Yixing stoneware teapot and cover signed He Xinzhou and incised by Xu Sangeng in the Tongzhi period. Of the Republican period wares, a highlight is the pillow (lot 634) exquisitely potted in the form of a melon by Jiang Rong, the famous contemporary potter.

Julian King, Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art in Hong Kong, said: "Bonhams is very pleased to be instrumental in returning the center of the Yixing market to Hong Kong. After the extraordinary success of the sale of the Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn Collection of Yixing Stoneware on 28 November 2011, several prominent Asian connoisseurs have entrusted their collections to us. The auction will be held in the Island Shangri-La Hotel, a short walk from the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, which houses the K.S. Lo Gallery, the greatest private collection of Yixing formed in the modern era. We look forward to welcoming international collectors of Yixing stoneware to our sales and building on this tradition for the future."

Representatives of the media are invited to come to the public preview and the auction on 27 May.


NOTES FOR EDITORS

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