Bonhams Hong Kong 2012 spring auctions

Auction Date
27 May at 7pm

Public Viewing
23 May from 3pm - 9pm
24, 25 and 26 May from 10am - 9pm
27 May from 10am - 7pm

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

Bonhams is delighted to present "Voyages of Discovery," a unique Portuguese single owner collection which features 12 exceptionally rare Imperial Chinese masterworks alongside 15 major works by Chu Teh-Chun and Zao Wou-Ki.

The twelve exquisite Chinese objects span widely in era from the Northern Song Dynasty (960 – 1127AD), through the Ming Dynasty to the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty (up to 1908AD). The collection of works includes ceramic dishes, flambé-glazed vases and unique cloisonné enamel boxes.

A highlight work is the magnificent and extremely rare cloisonné enamel incense burner and cover from the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty (Estimate HK$3,000,000 - 6,000,000). Featuring a striking blue floral pattern across its case and detailed with gold, the box is held up on both sides by kneeling figures and adorned on its lid by a gold lion. This work of art is one of only two of its kind, its twin residing in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Further objects of note include the oldest work in the collection, an extremely rare Dingyao dish from the Northern Song Dynasty (960 – 1127 AD; estimate HK$2,000,000 – 4,000,000), inscribed at a later date with a poem by the Qianlong Emperor in 1776, and an exceptional copper-red lotus bowl from the Hongwu period (Estimate HK$900,000 – 1,800,000), which demonstrates the very best quality in works from the establishment of the Ming Dynasty. Hongwu, the first Ming Emperor, claimed the Mandate of Heaven on seizure of the Yuan capital (present-day Bejing) and established the Ming Dynasty in 1368, making this work both one of esthetic brilliance and historical significance.

The 12 Treasures:
Lot 1
An extremely rare wucai 'shou and lingzhi' dish
Jiajing six-character mark and of the period
Estimate:HK$ 300,000 – 500,000

Lot 2
A rare wucai 'month' cup
Kangxi six-character mark and of the period
Estimate: HK$ 250,000 – 500,000

Lot 3
An exceptional pair of doucai 'wufu' bowls
Yongzheng six-character marks and of the period
Estimate:HK$: 500,000 – 1,000,000

Lot 4
An extremely rare blue and white 'lotus' vase
Yongzheng six-character mark and of the period
10.7cm high.
Estimate:HK$ 350,000 – 500,000

Lot 5
A rare famille rose 'riverscape' bowl and cover
Jiaqing six-character seal marks and of the period
17.2cm diam.
Estimate:HK$ 250,000 – 500,000

Lot 6
Two rare flambé-glazed 'fanghu' vases
Tongzhi and Guangxu six-character marks and of the period
Estimate:HK$ 400,000 – 800,000

Lot 7
An exceptional copper-red 'lotus' bowl
21cm diam.
Estimate:HK$ 900,000 – 1,800,000

Lot 8
An extremely rare Dingyao dish
Northern Song dynasty, inscribed with a poem by the Qianlong Emperor in 1776
Estimate:HK$ 2,000,000 – 4,000,000

Lot 9
An outstanding Junyao 'lotus' dish
Song dynasty
Estimate:HK$ 1,500,000 – 3,000,000

Lot 10
A cloisonné enamel box and cover, from the Anyou Gong
Qianlong incised mark and of the period
Estimate:HK$ 350,000 – 700,000

Lot 11
A cloisonné ename l box and cover
Qianlong incised mark and of the period
Estimate:HK$ 150,000 – 300,000

Lot 12
A magnificent and extremely rare gilt-bronze and cloisonné-enamelled incense burner and cover
Beijing Palace Workshops, Qianlong
The long and deep rectangular casket rising towards perpendicular flaring keyfret rim, all beneath a partially open-worked dome-shaped cover of reticulated auspicious shou characters and dragon chasing flaming pearls, surmounted by a Buddhist lion standing tall on four, the mythical beast's head turned upwards to the right with finely incised fur running down from its spine, all supported between a pair of foreigners, each kneeling on one knee and adorning tall curved headdress and long robes, all decorated with elaborate lotus blossoms and beautifully enameled in various colors of red, blue, green, yellow, white, pink and black, all on a brilliant turquoise ground.
112cm wide.
Estimate:HK$ 3,000,000 – 6,000,000

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


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