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Bonhams Modern & Contemporary Art sale in Hong Kong on 10 July (Friday) features more than 45 lots of post-war and contemporary art, urban art, design furniture, and editioned collectibles by some of the trending artists in the current market, such as Kaws, Banksy, Richard Lin, Pierre Jeanneret, Takashi Murakami, and Javier Calleja.
Headlining the sale is a group of seven street art works from the Schoeni Collection of urban art. The Schoeni Collection was built by Nichole Schoeni, a young Hong Kong-based gallerist who – during her university education in the UK – was introduced to this unique artistic expression by a good friend in East London.
Impressed by the ephemeral, defiant and accessible nature of street art, Nichole has since been committed to discovering and supporting urban artists via her gallery – Schoeni Gallery. Highlights on offer include: Adam Neate's Self Portrait (estimate: HK$18,000–28,000; illustrated below); Cyclops' Ugod (estimate: HK$20,000–40,000; illustrated below); and Banksy's Police Kids-Jack and Jill (estimate: HK$120,000–220,000; illustrated below), which hails directly from the first ever exhibition of Banksy in Hong Kong, organised by Schoeni Gallery.
Highlights from the post-war section include three rare works from the 1950s: Richard Lin's archetypal July 58 (estimate: HK$1,000,000 – 1,500,000; illustrated below), the artist's mystically-coloured early work showing signs of the maturity of his later work; Masaaki Yamada's Still Life no.92 (estimate: HK$30,000–50,000; illustrated below), a rare still-life painting by the artist to be found in the international market.; and Figur-figur Wanita ('women figures'; estimate: HK$40,000–60,000; illustrated below) by Indonesian artist Srihadi Soedarsono.
The sale also features a curated offering of iconic mid-century chairs from three visionary designers of the 20th century: Pierre Jeanneret, Hans Wenger and Ole Wanscher. With distinctly strict geometry of modernism and dynamic diagonals, the much-adored Committee Chair (estimate: HK$70,000 – 90,000 and illustrated far below) by Jeanneret was designed in the 1950s to serve as a furniture for the modernist utopian city of Chandigarh, India. Once ubiquitous and not valued as a collectors' item, the Committee chair has in recent years found global recognition as an iconic piece of design, favoured by acclaimed aesthetes and celebrity including Kourtney Kardashian, Belgian interior designer Axel Vervoordt and French architect Joseph Dirand. Other design highlights include:
• Pierre Jeanneret, a pair of office armchairs Model No.PJ-SI-28-B (estimate: HK$60,000–80,000; illustrated below).
• Ole Wanscher, a pair of colonial chairs in mahogany by P. Jeppesen Model No. 149 (estimate: HK$60,000–90,000; illustrated below).
• Hans Wegner, a Peacock chair in ash and teak, made by Johannes Hansen (Model No. JH550) (estimate: HK$35,000–55,000; illustrated below).
• Pierre Jeanneret, a pair of easy armchairs Model No.PJ-SI-29-A (estimate: HK$90,000–120,000; illustrated below)
Wang Zineng, Bonhams Head of Modern and Contemporary Art, Asia, commented: "Now more than ever, art and design that brightens up our homes is enjoying a surge of interest, as well as urban art that reminds us of the intense dynamism of the metropolis we've all missed. Our sale this season is a response to these developments."
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