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  • 28 July 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Christie’s presents the distinguished Le Cong Tang Collection to lead the November sale of Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art


A highly important and extremely rare Wucai ‘fish’ jar and cover. Jiajing six-character mark in underglaze blue (1522-1566). 18 1/8 in. (46 cm. Estimate on Request.

Hong Kong – This Autumn a series of extraordinary works from the celebrated Le Cong Tang collection will be offered for auction, forming a focal point for the season. This renowned collection has been meticulously amassed with a discerning eye and the selection to be offered comprises exquisite items created during the Ming dynasty.

Leading the collection is the magnificent Wucai Fish Jar and Cover, produced during the Jiajing reign. Wucai fish jars complete with the original covers are exceptionally rare, and have been items of admiration and reverence by connoisseurs throughout centuries. Aside from the present piece, only three other Jiajing fish jars complete with a cover appear to have been sold at auction.

The jar was formerly in the collection of J.M Hu (Hu Jenmou) (1910-1993), one of most illustrious Chinese private collectors of the 20th Century. The J.M Hu collection is revered for its broad but well-focused vision, encompassing the finest of imperial ceramics through the ages.

This work along with other highlights including a Xuande Yellow-Enamelled Bowl (top left) and a Tixi Lacquer Hexagonal Ewer (top right) are expected to attract spirited bidding this autumn, as collectors vie for the opportunity to acquire some of the few remaining works of this type in private hands.

With the collection’s exceptional provenance and exceeding rarity, this sale represents an unparalleled opportunity to acquire some of the finest treasures from the Ming dynasty.

A fine and extremely rare yellow-enamelled bowl. Xuande incised six-character mark within a double circle and of the period (1426-1435). 6 in. (15.2 cm.) diam. Estimate: HK$26,000,000-35,000,000

A fine and extremely rare yellow-enamelled bowl. Xuande incised six-character mark within a double circle and of the period (1426-1435). 6 in. (15.2 cm.) diam. Estimate: HK$26,000,000-35,000,000

A highly important cinnabar Tixi lacquer hexagonal ewer. Jiajing incised six-character mark and of the period (1522-1566). 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm.) high. Estimate: HK$6,000,000-8,000,000

A highly important cinnabar Tixi lacquer hexagonal ewer. Jiajing incised six-character mark and of the period (1522-1566). 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm.) high. Estimate: HK$6,000,000-8,000,000

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in first half of 2017 that totalled £2.35 billion / $3 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.