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HONG KONG - Christie’s is honoured to present “Celestial Brilliance: The Wang Xing Lou Collection of Imperial Qing Dynasty Porcelain”, a stand-alone sale to be held on 30 May 2022, offering an exquisite selection of 28 lots of Imperial porcelain from three of the most prominent reigns of the Qing Dynasty.
The collector, with his exquisite eye for detail and an insatiable thirst for beautiful objects, amassed a very comprehensive collection of Imperial Qing ceramics dating to the reign of the three most prolific emperors: Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong.
The porcelain pieces in this sale offer a kaleidoscopic view of the wide-ranging and varied techniques of the Chinese porcelain-making traditions of the 18th century, following the technological and aesthetical advances of the Song and Ming Dynasties. Each piece is a fine example of their type, boasting the most innovative production techniques, which have allowed them to stand the test of time and be considered masterpieces of Chinese art at present.
Marco Almeida, Head of Department, Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, commented: “It is with the greatest pleasure that Christie’s is able to bring to the market this long-awaited collection, that hasn’t been seen at auction for over two decades. The Wang Xing Lou Collection perfectly illustrates the tradition of Chinese Porcelain through the eyes of three generations of Qing emperors. This May, we look forward to welcoming our collectors and connoisseurs alike, to experience the beauty of this masterful collection at Christie’s Hong Kong.”
The standalone Celestial Brilliance The Wang Xing Lou Collection of Imperial Qing Dynasty Porcelain sale presents an exquisite selection of 28 pieces of Imperial porcelain from three of the most prominent reigns of the Qing Dynasty: Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong. This long-awaited collection has not been seen at auction for over two decades, and is sure to generate much excitement in the saleroom. The highlights of the collection include A Magnificent And Rare Famille Rose Fahua Style Jar And Cover and An Exquisite Imperial Ruby Red Ground Falangcai ‘Indian Lotus’ Wine Cup.
A Magnificent And Rare Famille Rose Fahua-Style Jar And Cover, Qianlong Incised Six-Character Seal Mark And Of The Period (1736-1795); 18 in. (45.7 cm.) high. Estimate: HK$12,000,000 – 20,000,000. © Christie's Images Ltd. 2022.
An Exquisite Imperial Ruby Red-Ground falangcai ‘Indian Lotus’ Wine Cup, Yongzheng Four-Character Mark In Underglaze Blue Within A Double Square And Of The Period (1723-1735); 2 ½ in. (6.4 cm.) high. Estimate: HK$15,000,000 – 25,000,000. © Christie's Images Ltd. 2022.
A Fine And Extremely Rare Blue And White And Copper-Red Decorated ‘Lotus’ Double-Gourd Vase, Yongzheng Six-Character Mark In Underglaze Blue Within A Double Circle And Of The Period (1723-1735); 10 ½ in. (26.6 cm.) high. Estimate: HK$18,000,000 – 28,000,000. © Christie's Images Ltd. 2022.
A Magnificent Large And Very Rare Turquoise-Ground Yangcai Imperially Inscribed ‘Flowers Of The Four Seasons’ Vase, Qianlong Six-Character Seal Mark In Iron Red And Of The Period (1736-1795); 30 ⅞ in. (78.3 cm.) high. Estimate: HK$8,000,000 – 12,000,000. © Christie's Images Ltd. 2022.
A Very Rare And Finely Carved Celadon-Glazed ‘Dragon’ Bottle Vase, Qianlong Incised Six-Character Seal Mark And Of The Period (1736-1795); 11 ⅛ in. (28.3 cm.) high. Estimate: HK$10,000,000 – 18,000,000. © Christie's Images Ltd. 2022.
A Fine And Very Large Blue-Glazed Globular Bottle Vase, Tianqiuping, Yongzheng Six-Character Seal Mark In Underglaze Blue And Of The Period (1723-1735); 26 ⅜ in. (67 cm.) high. Estimate: HK$3,000,000 – 5,000,000. © Christie's Images Ltd. 2022.
The Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale will showcase a key highlight – A Magnificent And Extremely Rare Large Doucai Vase – which is from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute of Utica, New York. Proceeds from the sale of the lot will benefit The Helen Munson Williams Acquisition Fund, solely for the purchase of artworks for the institute’s permanent collection.
Other sale highlights range from Tang and Song dynasty ceramics, Imperial porcelain from the Ming and Qing dynasties, Buddhist art, scholar’s objects, jade carvings, and Huanghuali furniture.
Rounding out the offerings this spring is a selection of sacred Buddhist art offerings, including a series of stunning Buddhist bronzes and sculptures from the Tang to Qing Dynasty. Top lots include a majestically Rare Early-Ming Gilt-Bronze Figure Of Vajradhara from a private Swiss collector (Estimate: HK$5,000,000-8,000,000/ US$650,000 – 1,000,000); and An Exceedingly Rare Pair Of Gilt-bronze Seated Luohan Figures from the Yuan to early Ming Dynasty. Other highlights include A Rare Imperial Zitan and Hardwood Gilt-lacquered Throne from Qing Dynasty, 18th – 19th Century, constructed of the finest and rarest materials and of the highest possible workmanship from the Qing Dynasty; and an extraordinary Carved White Jade ‘Scholar In Landscape’ Brush Pot from the Qianlong Period (1736-1795), hailing from the Quincy Chuang Collection, an important collection consisting of 30 lots of impressive jade carvings, enameled wares, and porcelain from the passionate collector, Mr. Quincy Chuang.
A Rare Early-Ming Gilt-Bronze Figure Of Vajradhara, Yongle Incised Six-Character Presentation Mark And Of The Period (1403-1425), 8½ in. (21.5 cm.) high. Estimate: HK$5,000,000 – 8,000,000 / US$650,000 – 1,000,000. © Christie's Images Ltd. 2022.