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  • 23 April 2021

Christie’s Hong Kong Chinese Paintings Department Presents

Rare and Exquisite Paintings with Exceptional Provenance

Live Auction | 26 & 27 May

Previews

Beijing | 24 – 25 April 

Shanghai | 28 – 29 April

Taipei | 1 – 2 May

Hong Kong | 20 – 26 May

Zhang Daqian

Landscape Hidden in Mist after Bi Hong

HK$18,000,000-28,000,000 / US$2,400,000-3,600,000

HONG KONG - Christie’s is pleased to present a series of spectacular Chinese Paintings at auction this Spring on 26 and 27 May. Highlighted by exceptional masterpieces from the classical to the modern age, Wutong Studio in Autumn by Zhang Zongcang and Chess Playing by Fu Baoshi will lead the sales of Fine Chinese Classical Paintings and Calligraphy and Fine Chinese Modern and Contemporary Ink Painting. (please click HERE for dedicated release). In addition, two spectacular masterpieces from distinguished Asian private collections, Temple at the Mountain Peak by Zhang Daqian and Scenery of Mount Lao by Wu Guanzhong, will be presented in the 20th and 21st Century Art Evening Sale on 24 May

Kim Yu, International Specialist Head of Chinese Paintings Department, remarks: "In addition to our line-up of masterpieces, we are also excited to continue Christie's longstanding tradition of bringing the finest private collections to auction, such as The Collection of Zhang Xinjia, a prominent assemblage of rare properties with exceptional provenance. This season, collectors will appreciate the breadth of works on offer, which showcase a stunning range of styles and techniques from historically important artists and scholars across generations."

Property Important Japanese Private CollectionWen zhengming (1470-1559)Seven Poems in Running ScriptHandscroll, ink on paper35 x 706 cm. (13 ¾ x 278 in.)Dated 1540Estimate: HK$2,000,000 – 4,000,000 / US$260,000 – 520,000

Property Important Japanese Private Collection

Wen zhengming (1470-1559)

Seven Poems in Running Script

Handscroll, ink on paper

35 x 706 cm. (13 ¾ x 278 in.)

Dated 1540

Estimate: HK$2,000,000 – 4,000,000 / US$260,000 – 520,000

WU GUANZHONG (1919-2010)North Wudang MountainScroll, mounted and framed, ink and colour on paper89.5 x 67.8 cm. (35¼ x 26 ¾ in.)Estimate: HK$4,000,000 – 6,000,000 / US$520,000 – 780,000

WU GUANZHONG (1919-2010)

North Wudang Mountain

Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and colour on paper

89.5 x 67.8 cm. (35¼ x 26 ¾ in.)

Estimate: HK$4,000,000 – 6,000,000 / US$520,000 – 780,000

Fine Chinese Classical Paintings and Calligraphy presents the opportunity for collectors to acquire paintings that celebrate the art-historical tradition of China, including Seven Poems in Running Script by Wen Zhengming, leading literati widely considered a master of calligraphy. Other notable highlights include Landscapes After Ancient Masters by Wang Hui, Flowers and Rocks by Zhao Zhiqian, and The Imperial Birthday Celebration, a mesmeric handscroll depicting the festivities from Emperor Kangxi's 60th birthday.

Along with the previously announced highlighted masterpieces, including Landscape Hidden in Mist after Bi Hong by Zhang Daqian featured on the cover, Fine Chinese Modern and Contemporary Ink Paintings presents North Wudang Mountain, an impressive work by Wu Guanzhong that was inspired by his sketching trips to Shanxi, depicting the towering stone cliff in a semi-abstract style. This work will be offered alongside numerous private and institutional collections, including Madame Luo Ning's collection of exquisite works from the Lingnan School such as Plantain and Bird by Yang Shanshen; a rare collection of Li Kuchan’s sketches and paintings, as well as a group of Chen Qikuan’s paintings to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. From this group, Vermilion previously belonged to the collection of the esteemed Japanese art collector Mary Griggs Burke (1916-2012) and was bequeathed to the Yale University Art Gallery. The proceeds from the sale will benefit the gallery’s acquisition funds.

Buddhism In ArtProperty From A Private Asian CollectorQI GONG (1912-2005)Eight Characters Calligraphic Couplet in Standard ScriptA pair of hanging scrolls, ink on paperEach scroll measures 368.5 x 46 cm. (145 ⅛ x 18 ⅛ in.)Estimate: HK$1,200,000 – 1,500,000 / US$160,000 – 190,000

Buddhism In Art

Property From A Private Asian Collector

QI GONG (1912-2005)

Eight Characters Calligraphic Couplet in Standard Script

A pair of hanging scrolls, ink on paper

Each scroll measures 368.5 x 46 cm. (145 ⅛ x 18 ⅛ in.)

Estimate: HK$1,200,000 – 1,500,000 / US$160,000 – 190,000

From The Collection Of Zhang XinjiaZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)Two Drafts of “Preface to Chang Dai-Chien-A Retrospective“ (DETAILS)A set of eight and a set of six unmounted scrolls, ink on paperEach scroll measures 89.5 x 35.5 cm. (35 ¼ x 14 in.)Dated 1972Estimate: HK$800,000 – 1,200,000 / US$110,000 – 160,000

From The Collection Of Zhang Xinjia

ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)

Two Drafts of “Preface to Chang Dai-Chien-A Retrospective“ (DETAILS)

A set of eight and a set of six unmounted scrolls, ink on paper

Each scroll measures 89.5 x 35.5 cm. (35 ¼ x 14 in.)

Dated 1972

Estimate: HK$800,000 – 1,200,000 / US$110,000 – 160,000

The Collection Of Zhang Xinjia, an unparalleled private collection of works from Zhang Daqian's niece, the youngest daughter of Zhang Shanzi, presents the largest collection of Zhang Daqian’s private writing and manuscript to ever appear in the market. The artworks are invaluable additions to the scholarship and connoisseurship of the artist, and were personal gifts from Zhang Daqian and Zhang Shanzi to their beloved niece and daughter, as gestures of affection, together or apart.

Featuring paintings and calligraphy by various artists from the 20th century to the present day, Buddhism in Art: An Ensemble of Buddhist Painting and Calligraphy from 20th Century China offers a glimpse of how Buddhism, since its arrival in China over two millennia ago,  inspired artistic pursuits. Represented artists in this section include 20th-century artists such as Qi Gong, Zhao Puchu, Feng Zikai, Hong Yi, and contemporary artists Sun Hao and Pan Wenxun.

Preview (By Appointment ONLY):

Beijing | 24 – 25 April | No.82 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Shanghai | 28 – 29 April | Ampire Building, No. 97 Yuanmingyuan Road, Shanghai

Taipei | 1 – 2 May | Grand Space, Marriott Taipei, 3F, No. 199, Lequn 2nd Road, ZhongShan District, Taipei

Hong Kong | 20 – 26 May | Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, No. 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong                 

Auction:

20th and 21st Century Art Evening Sale

Date : 24 May 2021

Fine Chinese Classical Paintings and Calligraphy

Date : 26 May 2021

Fine Chinese Modern and Contemporary Ink Paintings

Date : 27 May 2021

Location: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, No. 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

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