Poly Auction Hong Kong’s 2015 Autumn Auctions will see some of the auction season’s rarest and most exquisite pieces enter the market. Taking place at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong on 5 and 6 October, with a public preview on 3 and 4 October, the auction is set to attract collectors from Hong Kong, mainland China and internationally.
One of the best platforms for collectors of Chinese classical and contemporary art, Poly Auction’s Autumn Auction is bringing much sought after works to market. Bill Zhao, Director of Poly Auction Hong Kong, said, “Since its establishment in 2012, Poly Auction Hong Kong has been receiving tremendous support from collectors, buyers and art lovers and we have been continuously achieving outstanding results. In 2014, our total transaction figure was close to HK$2,000,000,000, which was due in part to our strength in Chinese art.”
Alex Chang, Managing Director of Poly Auction Hong Kong, said, “This season’s auction will treat audiences to a diverse array of works catering to both established and new collectors with remarkable paintings from China’s eminent contemporary artists and rare classical Chinese leading masters which hold great historical significance.”
Once such piece is Feng Ning’s A Glance of Nanjing City, a magnificent 10 metre scroll hailed a Chinese national treasure. It is a spectacular Qing Dynasty hand-painted scroll 10 metres in length depicting a cityscape of Nanjing at that time, previously known as Jingling. Once displayed on the walls of China’s ancient palaces, the rare masterpiece was commissioned through Emperor Qianlong’s reign, the sixth emperor of the Qing dynasty, who was known for his lavish imperial collection and strong advocacy for the preservation of Confucian culture. Feng Ning’s scroll is one of the few surviving treasures from the time period.
Painted in 1929, Sanyu’s Roses in a White Pitcher is one of the notable contemporary Chinese artist’s earliest key works. Regarded as “the Chinese Matisse”, Sanyu was one of the first Chinese artists to study in Paris and was one of the pivotal pioneers of Chinese modernist art. Roses in a White Pitcher reflects the marriage of his traditional Chinese training and the influence of new modernist trends.
Another highlight on the contemporary art side is Zeng Fanzhi’s Mask Series 2001 No.5. The Beijing-based artist’s paintings can be recognised immediately by their signature expressionistic style and emotional directness. Zeng’s representation of raw, exposed flesh and awkwardly over-sized hands is a play on the superficially composed appearances of his subjects and the treatment of emotional performance as a metaphor for a lost self.
To mark the 30th anniversary of the 85 Art Movement, significant works by iconic Chinese contemporary artists Zhang Peili, Geng Jianyi, Gu Wenda, Mao Xuhui, and Yu Youhan will be presented. The 85 Art Movement marked a momentous time period in China’s contemporary art history during which many internationally influential artists emerged, establishing the art structure of contemporary China and its position in the art world.
Some of the greatest ink-wash paintings from the turn of the 21st century are set to attract collectors, including Lin Fengmian’s Chinese Opera Characters and Wu Guanzhong’s Waterfall. In addition, the auction will present valuable works from Hong Kong and Taiwanese artists, such asThe Rise and Fall of Sun and Moon by Liu Kuo-sung and A Young Girl by Hsiao Ju-sun.
Poly Auction Hong Kong’s sensational collection of jewellery, watches and Hermès handbags is set to satiate the desires of collectors and enthusiasts alike. “This season brings an eclectic collection of unique pieces and limited edition collector’s items that are excellent acquisition opportunities for the Hong Kong and international markets”, says Mr. Chang.
The auction will provide an opportunity for discerning collectors and admirers to acquire rare and beautiful pieces, from fashionable designs by renowned Jewellery makers Cartier, Bulgari and Piaget to limited edition handbags from the fashion powerhouse Hermès.
Poly Auction Hong Kong’s impressive Jewellery collection will display classic Chinese designs, such as jadeite pendants and broaches, and timeless custom-made diamond designs from European designers Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpels.
Connoisseurs will be delighted by an array of watches for women and men from prestigious watchmakers including Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe. The sophisticated collection of timepieces will include exquisite Jewellery wristwatches and open-faced pocket watches.
Poly Auction is particularly excited to announce the return of the Hermès collection after the success of the French fashion house’s limited-edition items in the Spring Auction. Coveted items at this season’s auction include custom-made Hermès Kelly crocodile bags crafted from exotic niloticus crocodile, bound to set any style-setter apart.
The Autumn Auctions will display an impressive cellar of Scotch and Japanese whisky, brandy, cognac, rice wine and new and old world wines. Coming to auction from immaculate storage, many items have been rarely-seen in the auction market. Displayed in beautiful silver seal decanters, limited edition items such as The Macallan Glenlivet 1962 provide the perfect shelf item for collectors and whisky connoisseurs.
Poly Auction Hong Kong is also pleased to offer an outstanding selection of Japanese whiskies including the rare Karuizawa 48 1964. Aged for over 48 years in a 400-litre sherry oak cask, this single malt whisky it is the oldest expression from the now closed distillery. Each of the 143 bottles from the single cask whisky are individually numbered and presented in a dark wooden box from Polish black fossil oak.
Other sale highlights include a superb collection of Bordeaux and Burgundy, carefully handpicked by Poly Auction’s team of experienced wine specialists. Vertical offerings of vintages include the Domaine de la Romanée Conti Jeroboam Collection 1998, Chateau d’Yquem 1901 and Château Mouton Rothschild 1982.