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China Guardian Hong Kong Autumn Auctions 2020 will take place from 5 to 10 October at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
This first major auction of the year will showcase a wide array of artworks from all around the world to our collectors, including Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy, Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art and Classical Chinese Furniture, offering nearly 1,300 pieces. Prior to the Autumn Auctions, Jewellery Watches andLuxury Goods will offer a more targeted oriented private selling exhibition “DAZZLE” along with the preview of Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art atChina Guardian (HK)GArt Gallery on 5th floor of Lippo Centre from 14 to 25 September. China Guardian (HK) will introduce a live auction platform to domestic and internationalcollectors for bidding, for the enjoyment of this auction season.
Ms. Hu Yanyan, President of China Guardian (HK) Auctions Co., Ltd, says,“A bright and beautiful autumn day, our consolidated sales of Spring and Autumn Auctions are opening soon. Thank you for your patience, China Guardian (HK)first significant auction of the year has confirmed to beheld at the Hong Kong Conventional and Exhibition Centre.
Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy
The Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy salewill be led by Climbing the Lofty Mountain (illustrated above), Fu Baoshi’s six-feet large-scale hanging scroll on paper painted in his prime years in the 1960s; a number of private collections and special themed sessions comprising mostly works previously unseen on the market; superb works by Xie Zhiliu and Zhang Daqian in the Wu Qi Lou Collection, including Mountains and Trees painted by Xie Zhiliuat age 79, as well as Wang Huizhi Admiring the Bamboo with profound messages.
A remarkable piece of ink and colour on paper by Qi Baishi (illustrated below), Flowers in Four Screens will be also presented in the auction. Qi specially painted the piecefor acollector, and it has been hung on the wall in the living room for many years. Dark leaves andred flowers on the four screens are painted with fine strokes. It is a piece that you are able feel, and to experience the power of the brush strokes of Qi.
The Hu Kang Le Tang Collection, whose owner used to treat Pu Ru to Southern delicacies in Hong Kong in the 1960s, will feature in the upcoming sale, represented by more than 10 works by Pu Ru, Yu Fei’an and Yu Youren among others. Also notable are the Southeast Asian Private Collection, led by Pu Ru’s Scholar Viewing Plum Blossoms, as well as works from the Family Collection of Xiang Chengwu, a celebrated patriotic entrepreneur, which features the first auction appearance of the paintings created by Fu Baoshi during his stay in Jingangbo, Chongqing. Furthermore, the sale will present the Chung Chen Sun Private Collection presenting a number of quality pieces.
This season we are delighted to bring the market a number of precious works of Lingnan School. The Yang Xin Pavilion Collection will feature Cicada on Willow Branch by Zhao Shao’ang. Featuring twelve cicadas in different appearances, cicadas have always been an important theme of Zhao’s work as a reflection of himself. Separately, In Flowers and Insects, a painting to Liang Hancao by Yang Shanshen, flowers are painted in great details with six bees dancing amongst them, showcasing the craftsmanship of the artist.
Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art
The Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art sale will present over 170 artworks. Special themed section FACES in the Erawill introduce the figurative paintings from 33 artists with their varied interpretation on “Figure”, following the art history from 20th century to contemporary.
This season, a breakthrough online preview will be announced, presenting a series of highlights from Autumn Auctions. China Guardian (HK) is honoured to collaborate with GOFO Art and Nonprofit organisation.
Make-A-Wish Hong Kong, to host this meaningful Wish Come True project. The benefit of this project will be dedicated to improve the life quality of children with critical illnesses aged between 3 to 17 in Hong Kong and Macau, helping them to create life-changing wishes of their lives and medical supports.
The motif of eyes, applied by the artist throughout her career, occupies a unique position in Yayoi Kusama's creations (illustrated above). On the Ocean is the first oil on canvas that Yayoi Kusama executed with the image of eyes, making the eyes an independent object in a surreal background. Merging Infinity Nets, dots, and personalised characters all in one, itrepresents the fantastic imagination of Yayoi Kusama with an unconventional composition: above the ocean where waves are roaring, symbolisingthe severe condition that confronts the individuals or collectives.
Abandoned puppy and Waiting (Diptych) (illustrated above) on sale are a typical embodiment of lonelinessand rebellionin the early 1990s. The two kids serve as the prototype of his future series Sleepless Night and Night Walker and pave the way for his style evolvement in later stages.In the twin paintings, Nara portrayed two children in brown dog costume sitting face to face. One stays in a paper box looking around as if to fend off the concerned glances with his disdainful look. Her mate, in contrast, bends over to the ground with her head up waiting for caring attention.
King of West-Chu (illustrated above) show cases Ting Yinyung’s own reflections on modern art discussions as “tradition and reform,” “mediums and materials”. He takes fiery strokesto highlight the straight forward boldness and charisma of Xiang Yu. This also showcases the influence of Fauvist schools’importance of “subjective consciousness”. At the same time, the artist also abandons the two-dimensional figures and decorative stylistic language. Instead he takes the expressive power of color and combines it with ancient Eastern line tradition, tightly intertwining it with the emotions and qualities of the figures.
In the painting, Ting uses eye-catching saturated red to emphasise the pridefulness, passion and desire for greatness of Xiang Yu. Moreover, the addition of yellow and orange, traditional colors that indicate elevated status alludes to the identity of the figure. The “upright” classical figure composition represents an extension of the artist’s most iconic figure image feature. In his oeuvre, only seven of all oil paintings have operatic motifs. Given that less than 250 oil paintings by the artist are known to exist that makes this a particularly rare piece, which in turn highlights the value of the auctioned work King of West-Chu.
Portrait of Woman in Chair (illustrated above), which is going to be auctioned for the first time ever in this season, was portrayed by Yun Gee to love of his life, his first wife Princess Paule de Reuss, and was one of his most representative works in his Diamonist paintings. Moreover, Gee only used silk instead of canvas on a handful of works throughout his career, the material was sent by his mother from homeland during the war period, thus was a precious use Gee boldly employs Western oil colors and Western modernist spirit in the background. Indeed, the majestic use of dark green and brown over a large area and the artist’s resolute brushwork enhances the spatial dimensions of the work, utilising the arrangement of light and shade in the colors to highlight the main figure in the foreground.
During the time in France, Lin Fengmian created a series of works deeply imbued with spiritual power that revolved around “humanism,” and sought to apply the Humanitarian ideas of Western philosophy to aesthetic teaching in China in the 1950s . The Passion of Christ (illustrated below) on auction comes from the same creative pulse, a theme rarely seen in the market of today.
This painting is created on the occasion of leaving the education field and staying in Shanghai. He deploys geometric forms to demonstrate his profound thinking on personal condition and spirits of the era. In Passion of Christ, Lin Fengmi and ilutes the romantic atmosphere and beautiful charm often seen in his earlier figure paintings. The eye-catching “revelatory” light behind the cross and the way it radiates through the oppressive gloomy scene, almost breaks through the confines of the painting.
We are honored to present the masterpiece of Ju Ming's classic combatin Taishi, Taichi Series: Cloud Hands, Stomp (illustrated below), the largest bronze pair sculptures in auction history. In the contract form of dynamic and static state, these sculptures express their powerful energy through 253 cmand 203 cmheight respectively. They become acrystallisation of Ju Ming's elaborate explanation of the Taichi aesthetics and an embodiment of the artist’s ambition to influence the world with his art. In Cloud Hands, the cliff-like carving lines indicate artist’s generative power of penetration.
Based on the Buddha statues of Tang and Song dynasties, he used black paint to produce plump sculptures yet with an airy souland createda diverse sculpture portfolio with critical insights into the social dynamics. This auction features three Li Chen’s works presenting the subject with considerable vitality in different contexts. Among these, Pure land (illustrated below) has brought Li international fame and is the first representative piece that has incorporated the free-wandering spontaneity of Zhuangzi, highlighting the carefree mindset of the artist.
In 2004, he joined OPENASIA, 7th International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, where he won over the appreciation of Paolo De Grandis, an established Italian curator. De Grandis even went to the length of visiting Taiwan to invite him to the 52nd Venice Biennale. Li hosted Energy of Emptiness at the 2007 Biennale, and Pure Land was the highlight among the 15 exhibits. This piece has been part of many of his solo exhibitions afterwards, leaving a lasting impression on viewers with its half-floating posture and the spontaneous mentality it conveys.
A review of Zeng Fanzhi’s 2002 Chaotic Brush series shows that he has produced only three snowscape works in his career and the auctioned work is both the first and largest such painting. As such, it clearly represents an important change in the artist’s mindset at that time. In Untitled (illustrated below), the snow reflects the morning glow as it flies through the air and falls to Earth, the vivid snowy white, pink and purple surrealist colors coming from the romantic imaginings of memory.
From within the dark deep night a rose red hue radiates like the cheek of a young girl, the smudged purple night ensuring the boundless land exudes hope hidden in the darkness of night.The work was inspired by the landscape view outside of the window of Zeng’s studio, though the more relaxed structure represents a movement away from the pressure of the twisted roots and gnarled branches in earlier Chaotic Brush series works.
Achieving the first peak in career and a major leap forward in art creation, Zao Wou-Ki in the “glorious 60s” is often said as an artistic focal point imbued with the Zeitgeist of the times. 12.05.60 (illustrated below) is a representative of such period. The interplay of yellow, green, brown and black imbues the work with a sense of initial feelings on land and light.
The symbols Zaoused in his earlier works are transformed into layers of curled, brisk, densely packed lines in traditional calligraphy. By rafting a vital nature expression of a powerful cohesiveness and spiritual thoughts in the abstract context of impermanent change, this painting builds compositions on landscape painting to invite the audience to indulge in the spiritual world of infinity.
Ladies and Gentlemen comes from 1970s legendary Ladies and Gentlemen (illustrated below) series from the Pope of Pop Art, Andy Warhol. This series first went public in the retrospective exhibition of Andy Warhol presented by Tate Museum, London, which demonstrates its significance in artist’s career, as well as its academic momentousness in western contemporary art. The prototype of the painting was drag queen Aphanso Panell.
In this work, Warhol integrated the expression techniques of photography and screeprint, setting elements with misplaced proportions, demonstrates the varied identities under the faces. The layers of neon colours and solid brush stroke indicate the social attacks toward transgender group, reveals the observation and doubt from the artist to social issues such as trans genders and racism. The work has kept in Warhol’s Studio since creation, thence kept and authenticated by Warhol Visual Foundation for 20 years after artist passed away, could be considered as the rarest opportunity to collect Warhol’s work at this moment.
Ceramics and Works of Art
The Ceramics and Works of Art department is delighted to present two sales this Autumn, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art and Masterpieces of Ancient Chinese Jades: The Ju-yi Scholar’s Studio Collection, offering more than 750 lots.
Ourteam of specialists, ensuring its authenticity and exquisite quality, carefully selects every single relic presented in this auction. These spectacular examples of Chinese antiquities are gathered from exceptional collections from around the world, whichs pans over 3,000 years of Chinese history, with every lot exemplifying the tremendous artistic and cultural achievements of China.
Classical Chinese Furniture
In the upcoming Autumn Auctions, our flagship sale Classical Furniture of The Ming and Qing Dynasties will feature a wide selection of properties from zitan and huanghuali, to scholar objects, and other works of art. Some of the huanghuali pieces will be offered without reserve, welcoming more interested buyers to enjoy the pleasure of auction with us.
The sale will offer highlighted lots, including a Zitan Armchair (illustrated below) from middle Qing Period, the stepped crest rail above shaped spandrels carved with small scrolls and the S-form, with curved arm rails above similarly shaped and carved spandrels and supported on vertical struts.
The recessed zitan seat of rattan-woven is set within the rectangular frame above shaped, beaded aprons, the whole supported on legs of rounded square section joined by stretchers and the foot rest; a pair of zitan wasited square stools from the early Qing period, each superbly figured dense zitan floating-panel within a thick frame around the outer edge, set on a high straight waist and bulging curved legs of square section terminating in high hoof feet, all secured by ruyi-heads at the cardinal points at the pronounced aprons and slightly humpbacked flattened foot-stretchers set into the hoofs; and a Huanghuali square table with drawers from the early Qing period with high waisted, square legs, and a hidden drawer is installed on each of the waist. It's a distinctive piece with exquisite craftsmanship and exquisite design.
Jewellery Watches and Luxury Goods
Private selling exhibition DAZZLE will be held from 14 to 25 September at China Guardian (HK)G Art Gallery. Jewellery Watches and Luxury Goods department is going beyond the traditional auction model to provide collectors more tailor-made services. The private selling exhibition will present a rare necklace with 43 jadeite beads and an impressive 8.82-carat natural unheated Kashmiri Sapphire and diamond ring. Many pieces are designed by international brands, and offering at a reasonable price point.
This rare necklace set with extraordinary quality of 43 jadeite beads. It’s rich and full in color, high transparency, vivid under the daylight. This masterpiece is in superb condition, which makes it special in the market today.
As the sapphire mines of Kashmir have been exhausted for a long time, it’s rare to find a Kashmiri sapphire that is large in size with high quality. This ‘velvet-like lustre’ unique gemstone is pleasingly visible under the sunlight. It has an impeccable clarityand saturation with an elegant design, thisnatural unheated Kashmiri sapphire a true collectable.
The main stones of this pair of diamond earrings are two oval-shaped white diamond of over 3-carat weight. The diamonds are D and E colour, which are the top colour grading in white diamonds. The brilliance in the diamonds sparkles like sunshine. This pairof earrings is surely a perfect match for all occasions.
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