Acquired in Beijing between 1911-51, and thence by descent within the family to the present owner.
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTION
Lots 640-47 are from the personal furniture collection of an American couple who resided in Beijing from 1911 through the end of World War II. This pioneering family not only owned an antique business, but also a carpet factory and ten rental residences, all located in Beijing and which were furnished with Chinese works of art they had collected. After the war, these residences, and many of the items housed within, were assigned to foreign embassies. Fortunately, the couple was able to successfully retain their personal art collection and relocate to Hong Kong in 1952, where they and their children continued to add to their outstanding collection of Chinese furniture and works of art.
Ceramics and bronzes from this prominent collection are featured as lots 541, 545, 618-19, 689, 708, 715-17, 726, 729, 733, 737 and 775.