Hong Kong Week at Christie’s is an exciting opportunity to explore the evolution of taste in Asia across the centuries, and to enjoy works by masters such as Sanyu, Lin Fengmian, Zao Wou-ki, Yu Youhan, Zhang Daqian, Liu Dan, Jin Tingbiao, Chang Shuhong, Aya Takano, Rhee Seundja, Shu Takahashi and Yayoi Kusama.
A highlight of the season will be Contemporaries: Voices from East and West, the inaugural joint sale between Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary and Asian 20th Century & Contemporary departments in Hong Kong.
Carefully curated from a wide range of artists across Asia, North America and Europe, Contemporaries not only offers a selection of blue-chip work from some of the most important figures of late 20th and 21st century art, but establishes the strong visual and conceptual bonds that have linked together artists working on opposite sides of the globe throughout the period.
The Magnificent Jewels auction, meanwhile, will feature an unprecedented collaboration with four internationally renowned jewellery designers — Adrian Cheng, Cindy Chao, Edmond Chin and Michelle Ong.
Additional highlights of the season include a highly important and very rare malla-style gilt-bronze and silver-inlaid seated figure of Buddha Shakyamuni; a fine rare and superb famille rose ‘Boys’ jar; The Green Jewel — a fine 13.20 carats Colombian emerald and coloured diamond ring; a unique gilt brass dome table clock with cloisonne enamel by Patek Philippe; a limited edition tonneau-shaped skeletonised tourbillon wristwatch by Richard Mille; and exceptional handbags by Hermès.
Asian collectors accounted for 54 per cent of the sales total for the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale and the Art of the Surreal Sale in London in March, and 87 per cent of sales in the Asian Art Week series in New York in March.
‘These extremely encouraging results,‘ says says Rebecca Wei, President, Asia, ‘indicate strong momentum in the art market, and reflect that Asian collectors have a global appetite for art acquiring both Western and Asian arts across a wide spectrum of genres and periods.’
Christie’s Spring 2017 auctions take place between 26 and 31 May at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.