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Bonhams showcases highlights from forthcoming London sales at its Hong Kong Gallery
Un théâtre à Pao Ting Fu by Georges Willaume: £40,000-60,000 (HK$450,000-700,000). Photo: Bonhams.

HONG KONG.- The International auction house Bonhams is to showcase highlights from forthcoming London sales at its Hong Kong Gallery from 11–15 January 2016. The exhibition will be open to the public daily from 9am-6pm.

Bonhams Director of Fine Arts Asia, Magnus Renfrew said, “It’s a great pleasure to welcome this wonderful selection of master works from forthcoming London sales to Hong Kong showing the breadth of Bonhams international reach.”

Top lots include:

From the Impressionist and Modern Art sale to be held at 101 New Bond Street London on Thursday 4 February:

L' éternel Printemps, by Auguste Rodin: £500,000-700,000 (HK$5,755,000-8,000,000)
Among the top lots is L' Eternel Printemps, by Auguste Rodin. Estimated at £500,000-700,000, the piece is one of the French sculptor’s most highly acclaimed works. It was created at the height of his passionate love affair with the young Camille Claudel and is the largest bronze reduction of L’Eternel Printemps. Measuring 66cm high, it was cast in Rodin’s lifetime between 1905 and 1907.

Le Petit Bougival by Alfred Sisley: £300,000-500,000 (HK$3,527,000-5,879,000)
Le Petit Bougival by Alfred Sisley carries an estimate of £300,000-500,000. Painted in 1874 at Bougival, the fashionable area outside of Paris much depicted by leading French Impressionists at this time, the work comes from a private collection and has not been seen in public for over 100 years.

From the Contemporary and Modern art sale to be held at 101 New Bond Street London on Thursday 11 February:

Fourteen Small Electric Chairs by Andy Warhol: £4,000,000-6,000,000 (HK$45,000,000-70,000,000)
Andy Warhol’s Fourteen Small Electric Chairs, estimated at £4,000,000-6,000,000, is a monumental and luminous canvas which represents the best from the two most celebrated series of Warhol’s entire output: Death & Disasters and Reversals, a body of work from the early 1980s in which he revisited some of his iconic images from earlier decades. The work transforms the 14 electric chair paintings Warhol had created for a 1967 Stockholm retrospective into a completely new and compelling work of art. Fourteen Small Electric Chairs is emblematic of the new vitality in Warhol’s oeuvre in the 1980s. There is evidence that some of the areas of abundant impasto are manipulated by hand; in one area, there is a swipe of a finger, perhaps Warhol’s own.

Untitled (Red Fan) by Kazuo Shiraga: £1,500,000-2,000,000 (HK$17,000,000-23,000,000)
Untitled (Red Fan) by Kazuo Shiraga, which is estimated at £1,500,000-2,000,000, dates from 1964 when the Japanese artist was at the height of his powers. A leading member of the Zero group in the early 1950s and later the Gutai School of artists, Shiraga’s work conveys a deep spirituality that reflects his interest in Buddhism. Untitled (Red Fan) is one of only a handful of major sculptures produced by the first generation of Gutai artists and is arguably the most impressive. Presenting a playful yet powerful exploration of an object that has so much history in Japanese culture, it is now the first sculpture by Shiraga ever to be offered at auction.

The Hong Kong exhibition also includes works from the 19th Century European, Victorian and British Impressionism sale in London on 2 March.

Un théâtre à Pao Ting Fu by Georges Willaume: £40,000-60,000 (HK$450,000-700,000)
Georges Willaume’s Neo-Impressionist style displays a strong influence of the works of Paul Signac and Camille Pissarro, with evident concern for colour and light, and bold, confident brush strokes which evoke the electric atmosphere of the bustling theatre. Such paintings by the artist are incredibly rare, as his involvement with the political activist group Étudiants Socialistes Révolutionnaires Internationalistes led him away from painting, and more towards politically-themed work.

Interior of Ma Tso Kok Temple, Macau by a follower of Auguste Borget: £40,000-60,000 (HK$450,000-700,000)
The spectacular A-Ma (or Ma-Kok Miu) is the great temple of Macau, situated on the island's south-west peninsular. Dating from 1488, it is one of the oldest Taoist temples on the island, dedicated to Matsu, the goddess of seafarers and fishermen. This majestic view from the first courtyard shows the famous 'moon gate' window, through which can be seen the impressive Inner Harbour of Macau.

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