Explore highlights from Christie’s auctions that unite Asian 20th-century and contemporary art, Chinese works of art, paintings and works of art, jewels, watches, wine and handbags
Hong Kong autumn auctions include two new Christie’s evening sales on 27 November, both celebrating the theme of “Eastern Renaissance” on art from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), one of the most exciting artistic periods in Chinese history. The 13 superb Ming pieces from the Le Cong Tang Collection count among them a highly important and extremely rare Wucai ‘Fish’ Jar and cover from the Jiajing period (1522-1566). On the same evening, the Court, Studio, Atelier auction presents a carefully selected group of the finest Ming Dynasty works of art and paintings.
Moving forward half a millennia the Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art sale is packed with works by artists sought after by the most serious collectors. Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara is among them, celebrated internationally for his series of manga-inspired paintings and sculptures of girls with large, piercing eyes.
Among the standout pieces in the Magnificent Jewels auction on 28 November is a jadeite pendant. Extremely rare due to the thickness of the jade, this piece has a traditional Chinese poem carved into the jadeite one on side and a beautifully rendered depiction of the scene on the reverse.
‘Hong Kong continues to consolidate its position as a global centre of art,’ says Rebecca Wei, President of Christie’s Asia.