On 3 December, Christie's
held three live auctions for the category The Chang Wei-Hwa Collection of Archaic Jades Part III - Spring and Autumn & Warring States Periods, The Songde Tang Collection - Song Dynasty Ceramics, and Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, generating a combined total of HK$351,020,000/ US$45,270,416.
Marco Almeida, Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Department, Christies Asia Pacific, commented: We are delighted to wrap up our Autumn Auction week with the outstanding results of our three sales, which not only demonstrate our expertise and commitment to sourcing and offering important private collections and celebrated objects from distinguished collectors, but also reflect the growing appetite of our sophisticated buyers worldwide who recognize and appreciate the aesthetics, history, and importance of Chinese Works of Art.
Sale Highlights: The Chang Wei-Hwa Collection of Archaic Jades Part III
The auction was 100% sold, totaling HK$79,887,500/ US$10,306,822 with a hammer price of 251% above low estimate.
Avid bidding was witnessed throughout the whole sale, with the top lot and several leading lots of the collection surpassing multiples of their pre-sale low estimates, including:
Top Lot of the Sale Lot 2713
A VERY RARE AND IMPORTANT CARVED JADE DRAGON-FORM PENDANT LATE WARRING STATES PERIOD, CIRCA 300-221 BC Price Realised: HK$15,250,000/ US$1,967,505. Against the pre-sale low estimate of HK$2,800,000/ US$361,247
Lot 2754: AN EXCEPTIONAL AND RARE JADE INSET BRONZE GE-HALBERD BLADE LATE SPRING AND AUTUM PERIOD-EARLY WARRING STATES PERIOD, CIRCA 570-400 BC Price Realised: HK$9,850,000/ US$1,270,814. Against the pre-sale low estimate of HK$1,800,000/ US$232,230
Sale Highlights: The Songde Tang Collection - Song Dynasty Ceramics
The auction realised HK$24,731,250/ US$3,190,744, with sell-through rates of 95% by lot and 99% by value, and a hammer price of 213% above low estimate.
The celebrated collection sparked intense competition, and the star lot of the sale and other notable lots exceeded multiple times of their pre-sale low estimates, including:
Top Lot of the Sale Lot 2812
A RARE QINGBAI MEIPING AND COVER SONG DYNASTY (960-1279) Price Realised: HK$4,375,000/ US$564,448. Against the pre-sale low estimate of HK$500,000/ US$64,508
Lot 2839: A FINE AND RARE DING MOULDED PEONY FOLIATE-RIM BOWL NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY (960-1127) Price Realised: HK$2,375,000/ US$306,415. Against the pre-sale low estimate of HK$700,000/ US$90,312
Sale Highlights: Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
The auction fetched HK$246,401,250/ US$31,772,850.
In addition to the top lot of this sale and of the sale series - A FINE AND VERY RARE PAIR OF CELADON-GLAZED OVOID VASES WITH CHILONG APPLIQUES which sold for HK$26.7M/ US$3.4M (shown on cover page), the diverse offerings in this sale invited intense bidding for other top-performing highlights including:
Lot 2957: AN IMPORTANT AND EXTREMELY RARE IMPERIAL MING CLOISONNE ENAMEL BRACKET-LOBED BOX AND COVER JINGTAI INCISED SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1450-1456) Price Realised: HK$26,050,000/ US$3,359,085
Lot 2941: AN IMPORTANT AND VERY RARE EARLY-MING BLUE AND WHITE PEAR-SHAPED BOTTLE VASE, YUHUCHUNPING YONGLE PERIOD (1403-1425) Price Realised: HK$21,850,000/ US$2,817,505
The Hosokawa Family Collection established solid prices, led by lot 3080 - A SET OF FIVE CHICKEN BLOOD SOAPSTONE SEALS FOR PRINCE DING, DATED TO THE JIAQING 18TH YEAR, CORRESPONDING TO 1813 AND OF THE PERIOD, which sold for HK$2,125,000/ US$274,014 against the pre-sale low estimate of HK$300,000/ US$274,014.
Christies offered lot 2976 - A RARE AND IMPORTANT ARCHAIC BRONZE FOOD VESSEL, FANGZUOGUI, EARLY WESTERN ZHOU PERIOD, 11TH-10TH CENTURY BC, which sold for HK$5,000,000/ US$644,738, alongside lot 2952 - A RARE CLOISONNE ENAMEL DRAGON TRIPOD CENSER AND COVER, KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722), achieving HK$1,875,000/ US$241,777. The proceeds for both went to benefit The Robert Chang Art Education Charitable Foundation.