Christie’s Hong Kong Chinese Paintings Department Presents Magnificent Works from Illustrious Collections
FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE ASIAN COLLECTION
ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)
Living in the Mountains
Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and colour on silk, 72.5 x 122.7 cm. (28 ½ x 40 ¼ in.), Dated 1969
Estimate: HK$25,000,000 – 35,000,000 / US$3,200,000 – 4,500,000
HONG KONG – This November in Hong Kong, Christie’s will offer an outstanding collection of Chinese paintings at auction, including works by classical masters to modern-day pioneers. The South Marsh by Lu Zhi, and The Fragrance of a Nation in Clearing Spring by Yun Shouping from The Wong Nan-Ping Family Collection, will lead the Fine Chinese Classical Paintings and Calligraphy sale on the 29th while Living in the Mountains by Zhang Daqian will be the top lot of the Fine Chinese Modern and Contemporary Ink Paintings sale on the 30th.
Kim Yu, International Specialist Head of Chinese Paintings, remarked: “This season, in addition to offering a line-up of masterpieces, we are excited to continue Christie’s longstanding tradition of bringing the finest and most prominent private collections to auction. Numerous highlights from these collections were passed down through generations, such as those from The Wong Nan-Ping Family Collection, The Ye Gongchuo Family Collection, and The Hosokawa Family Collection, and have been sought after by the academic and collecting community alike. The offerings not only shed light on the exceptional taste of these important connoisseurs but also showcase a stunning range of styles and techniques from important artists and scholars across generations.”
The selection of works offered in the Fine Chinese Modern and Contemporary Ink Paintings sale represent the best of the category. Leading the sale is Living in the Mountains by Zhang Daqian (see below), as well as a series of exquisite works by Lin Fengmian and Wu Guanzhong, the two masters who created a unique ink painting style by fusing Chinese and Western art forms and techniques. Other artworks with rich provenance include Zhongkui by Qi Baishi which was previously in the Feng Wen Tang collection, Ink Lotus and Boating on Mountain Lake by Zhang Daqian which were previously part of the Belgian collection “Dongxi Studio”, and Panel Screens of Flowers and Calligraphy by Wu Changshuo / Kusakabe Meikaku from a Japanese Private Collection. Li Huayi and Liu Kuo-Sung, the giants of contemporary ink, will lead this section of the sale along with Hong Kong new ink pioneers in the 1970s Lu Shou Kwan and Fang Zhaolin.
The Fine Chinese Classical Paintings and Calligraphy sale presents an opportunity for collectors to acquire paintings that celebrate the historical art traditions of China. Highlights will lead the sale from three iconic collections: The South Marsh by Lu Zhi and The Fragrance of a Nation in Clearing Spring by Yun Shouping from The Wong Nan-Ping Family collection; Calligraphy by Huang Daozhou and Landscapes / Flowers by Fu Shan and Fu Mei from The Ye Gongchuo Family collection; and also Mountain Retreat, a 15-metre long handscroll by Shen Shichong and Poems in Cursive Script Calligraphy by Li Dongyang from The Hosokawa Family collection, all of which are legendary historical works.
The Wong Nan-Ping Family Collection
Christie’s Hong Kong is proud to present selected paintings from the family collection of the last true traditional literati collector — The Master of the Jade Studio, Mr. Wong Nan-Ping (1924–1985). His collection was built over a lifetime of devoted searching and studying, informed by his expansive knowledge of Chinese paintings and literature, guided by his long-held principles, and recognized by all as one of the most distinguished collections of classical Chinese paintings and calligraphy. His artistic taste reflects an inner-self with the same qualities as the artists he admired and works he treasured. The Wong Nan-ping family collection has been sought after by museums and scholars for over a half century.
The Ye Gongchuo Family Collection
As a pioneer in developing transportation and education in China, Ye Gongchuo was a renowned Chinese antiquarian and a connoisseur of Chinese paintings, calligraphy, and archaeology. His legacy as an ambassador and promoter of Chinese culture in the 20th Century is indisputable. The paintings and calligraphy in this collection have been carefully preserved and treasured by his only daughter, Julia Yeh, for over half a century. Fifteen classical works from the cherished collection of paintings and calligraphy will be offered in the Fine Chinese Classical Paintings and Calligraphy auction on 29 November, while three modern works will be offered in the Fine Chinese Modern and Contemporary Ink Paintings auction on 30 November.
The Hosokawa Family Collection
The Hosokawa Family is an important family in politics and the arts in the Higo Kumamoto Domain on Kyushu Island. The 16th generation family patriarch, Hosokawa Moritatsu (1883-1970), is credited with diversifying the family’s collection to include a various Asian works of art and establishing the museum, Eisei Bunko. His son, Hosokawa Morisada (1912-2005) was a student of renowned Kyoto-school sinologist Kanō Naoki (1868-1947), who inspired him to start collecting Chinese paintings, calligraphy, and antiques. Christie’s is honoured to be entrusted by the Hosokawa family with the sale of thirteen Chinese classical paintings and calligraphy. Besides, the Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art auction on 3 December will present several Chinese artworks in the same collection.
Furthermore, a dedicated online sale, Exquisite Eye: Chinese Paintings Online Sale will be offered from 15 November to 1 December. This season includes The Collection from Dr. Kuan Chao Hsiang, The Collection from Chua Lam, and Masterpieces by Zhang Daqian, Lin Fengmian, Pu Ru, Gao Jianfu, and Feng Zikai. In addition, Christie’s is delighted to present the Collection of Sun Ah Book Centre renowned for its books on literature, history, and philosophy. The book centre, established in 1968, also acquired Chinese paintings and calligraphy from devoted ancient book collectors. This sale will offer emerging and seasoned collectors a unique opportunity to acquire artworks from the Classical through to the Modern and Contemporary periods.
Notes To Editor
Preview: Taipei | 23 – 24 October | Marriott Taipei, No. 199 Lequn 2nd Road, ZhongShan District, Taipei
Beijing | 7 – 8 November | Christie’s Beijing Art Space, 1/F, Tower 1, 82 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Shanghai | 11 – 12 November | Peninsula Hotel, No. 32 The Bund 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road Shanghai
Hong Kong | HK Convention & Exhibition Centre, No.1 Harbour Road, Wanchai (Both Live and Online Auctions)
26 – 28 November 10:30am – 6:30pm
29 November 10:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, No. 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Fine Chinese Classical Paintings and Calligraphy
Date : 29 November 2021
Fine Chinese Modern and Contemporary Ink Paintings
Date : 30 November 2021
Exquisite Eye: Chinese Paintings Online Sale
Date : 15 November – 1 December
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