Qing Imperial Monochromes from the J.M. Hu Collection
Hong Kong October 09, 2012
From the Song dynasty (960–1279) onwards, connoisseurs – emperors as well as sophisticated commoners – revelled in the beauty of ceramics and its ability to marry harmonious form with exquisite colour and texture. By the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), when the means of ceramic ornamentation had developed to offer boundless possibilities, the voluntary reduction to monochromatic glazes became truly celebrated and the medium enjoyed its greatest aesthetic triumphs.
J. M. Hu (Hu Jenmou), the master of the Zande Lou, the Studio of Temporary Enjoyment, had far-reaching but well-focused interests. He was one of China’s great connoisseur-collectors and patrons, and a true benefactor to generations to come, due to his keen awareness of the educational potential of an art collection. This selection of twelve lots forms part of the grand legacy of a man who was passionate about Chinese porcelain and determined to share it with others.
Exceptional Qing Porcelain from the Collection of Dr. Alice Cheng
Hong Kong | October 09, 2012
Dr. Alice Cheng, the Shanghai-born businesswoman and philanthropist, grew up surrounded by fine objects. Her parents were celebrated antique dealers, in whose footsteps her brother Robert would later follow and build an illustrious career in the field of Chinese art. Alice went on to build an extraordinary career in business, but over the last fifteen years, has also put together a formidable collection of Imperial Chinese porcelain. Many of her pieces, from the Yongzheng famille-rose ‘peach’ vase that she generously donated to the Shanghai Museum in 2004 to the record-breaking J.T. Tai yellow-ground double-gourd vase, were purchased with great passion and almost on a whim. This season a small selection from Dr. Alice Cheng’s collection will be presented, including a superb underglaze-blue charger painted with nine ferocious, iron-red dragons, and a fine, large blue and white vase depicting fruits and flowers.
The Meiyintang Collection, Part IV – An Important Selection of Imperial Chinese Porcelains Hong Kong | October 09, 2012
The Chinese porcelain collection known poetically as Meiyintang (Hall among Rose Beds) is one of the finest and most impressive in private hands. This fourth sale dedicated to the collection again makes available a phenomenal range of rare imperial works from the kilns at Jingdezhen, China’s preeminent porcelain manufacturing centre. Covering imperial porcelains from all major reigns, it includes works by protagonists of the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368), many mature masterpieces of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), and a great variety of sophisticated gems from the Qing dynasty (1644–1911).
Hall 3, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (New Wing) 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong