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Sales at Fine Art Asia 2017 - 30 September - 3 October 2017

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Mrs Carrie Lam admires paintings at the booth of Galerie l’Angélus of Barbizon, France at Fine Art Asia 2017

Event: Fine Art Asia
Organiser: Art & Antique International Fair Ltd (AAIF)
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Date: 30 September 2017 - 3 October 2017

Enquiries:

Tel: (852) 3107 0681 

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Nicholas Grindley - A huangyangmu (boxwood) page-turner carved in openwork in the form of swirling clouds with a trailing elongated cloud to act as the page turner, Qing dynasty, C18th, L: 17.2 cm.

 

 

ABOUT THIS FAIR:
Now in its 12th year, Fine Art Asia opened Hong Kong's fine art season at the end of September.  Fine Art Asia has made its name as Asia's forefront art and antiques event.  It is noted for showcasing not only Asian pieces, but also items from the West, spanning 5000 years, making it unique amongst other Asia-based events. Hong Kong is the established hub of art business in Asia, and one of the top three most dynamic markets for art and antiques in the world.  It is easily accessible to collectors and dealers from Japan, Taiwan and Southeast Asia as well as from around the world.  

In 2016, Fine Art Asia displayed over 6000 works of art, worth HK$3 billion (US$387 million), and attracted 22,500 visitors from all over the world.

The Honourable Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, GBS, JP, Chief Executive, Hong Kong SAR Government attended, as she has done for the past 5 years, to officiate the opening of the fair.

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Maria Kiang Chinese Art - An imperial Qing Dynasty, C18th century bamboo ‘double gourd’ ink stone

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT THIS FAIR:

Many admired specialists in Asian art are in attendance for 2017, such as Jorge Welsh Works of Art Ltd [Lisbon/London, Chinese porcelain and works of art from China, Japan, India, Africa) and Runjeet Singh (UK, Eastern arms and armour), both new for 2017, as well as galleries offering the finest Western art and rarities, including David Aaron (London, classical antiquities), Galerie l’Angélus (France, paintings of the Barbizon School),  Boghossian (Geneva/London/Hong Kong, rare jewels), Galerie Dumonteil (Paris/New York/Shanghai, modern and contemporary sculpture & painting), Gladwell & Patterson (London, Impressionist and modern art), Koopman Rare Art (London, antique silver), and Somlo Antiques (London, antique watches and fine timepieces).

This year’s fair boasts an exceptional offering of Himalayan art.  Rossi & Rossi (London/Hong Kong),  Carlton Rochell Asian Art (New York),  Walter Arader Asian Art (New York), Tenzing Asian Art (San Francisco), Barrère Hong KongJacques How Asian Art (Brussels), and Jeremy Pine (Hong Kong, a new exhibitor) are dealers who have supplied important works of art to leading institutions such as The Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe Rubin Museum of ArtThe Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and the National Palace Museum, Taipei. “Himalayan Buddhist art has been commanding unprecedented prices in Hong Kong and mainland China recently, and the market is dynamic and exciting,” says Carlton Rochell.

Photography is now strongly represented at the fair, with specialist galleries from Tokyo, Hong Kong and China offering vintage to contemporary, including works by celebrated photographer and film director, Ho Fan (1931-2016), known as “the Henri Cartier-Bresson of the East”. 

Sales were reported as strong during the vernissage and first public day.  New exhibitor Jorge Welsh Works of Art (Chinese export ceramics) reported excellent sales, including many pieces of C18th export ware (Qianlong period) at around £150,000. New exhibitor Jeremy Pine (Tibetan and Nepalese art) experienced much interest and significant sales of his gold, silver and bronze works, at prices in the region of £100,000. Maria Kiang Chinese Art (Chinese scholar’s objects) had numerous good sales including an imperial Qing Dynasty, C18th bamboo ‘double gourd’ ink stone. 

Art Dreams Ltd (Chinese works of art) experienced good sales, including their catalogue piece, a three-legged Jun ware washer with drum-nail design in moon-white glaze, Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127).  Other exhibitors that sold their catalogue works were Nicholas Grindley (Chinese furniture and works of art), and Ever Arts Gallery (Chinese furniture and works of art), who also sold a large huanghuali carved brush pot priced in excess of HKD 1 million.

Feedback from dealers in European works of art, such as Tanya Baxter Contemporary, London and Gladwell & Patterson, London whose Claude Monet work, “The Waterlily Pond”, 1919 was one of the highlights of the fair, were positive. Galerie l’Angélus of Barbizon, France sold “Bord de l’Oise, Le Soir”, an oil on canvas by Charles-François Daubigny. Koopman Rare Art, London was pleased to achieve multiple sales of Chinese export silver, several gold boxes and a large silver-gilt cutlery service.

Dealers in contemporary Asian art did very well, and Boogie Woogie Photography, curating the photography section, reported plenty of enquiries and numerous sales including works by renowned French photographer Raymond Cauchetier (b. 1920). 

Mrs Lam, Chief Executive, Hong Kong SAR Government, while viewing the stand of Jorge Welsh Works of Art, London and Lisbon, commented; “These Chinese export porcelains verify the concept of the ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative, and are evidence of the 1,000 years of cultural exchange along the Maritime Silk Road.” 


Here are what were considered the top ten treasures available at the 2017 fair...

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Jorge Welsh Works of Art Ltd, London/Lisbon - A large pair of Chinese porcelain fish bowls decorated in overglaze famille rose enamels and gold from the Qianlong period (1736-1795).  Fashionable and valuable high status export items in the C18th, these bowls probably performed a similar function to that in China, being used for rearing fish or for growing lotus.  To this day, large bowls such as these are often placed in the central courtyard of a large Chinese house along with other potted plants in order to re-create a garden setting.

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On Tung Jewellery, Hong Kong - A very fine Imperial green jadeite circular two-handled tripod censer cover with incised Qianlong Yu Zhi seal mark within a square, Qing Dynasty, 18th century, H. 17.1 x W. 17 cm.  Price in the region of HKD$25,000,000.

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David Aaron, London - Highly important gold Ziwiye fragment, Central Asia, c. C7th BC, H. 9.5 x W. 9 cm.  The largest known fragment in private hands of a  famous gold belt, parts now dispersed across many of the world’s most famous museums. 

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Boogie Woogie Photography, Hong Kong - Raymond Cauchetier (b. 1920), Aberdeen, 1954, silver print, H. 30 x W. 40 cm

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Koopman Rare Art, London - A pair of George IV ewers, Silver-gilt. Marks: London, sterling standard, 1826-27, king’s head, maker’s mark of Edward Farrell (Grimwade no. 585); marked on underside of lip, H. 42.6 cm, W. 5,200 g, Provenance: Christie’s London, 2 March 1994, lot 47.

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Carlton Rochell Asian Art, New York - A very fine thangka depicting Scenes of Milarepa’s Life, Eastern Tibet, late C17th, H. 105.4 x W. 61.6 cm. Provenance: David R. Nalin collection. Published: Artful Beneficence, Selections from the David R. Nalin Himalayan Art Collection, Melissa R. Kerin, catalogue of the exhibition at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York, 2009, cat. no. 56, cover illustration.

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Vanderven Oriental Art, The Netherlands - Porcelain standing deer, Qing Dynasty, Tongzhi period (1862 – 1874), H. 42 cm. Provenance: Private collection France 2012, Private collection Italy 1980s, Alphonse de Rothschild collection, 1827-1905.  Price in the region of HKD$5,000,000.

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Boghossian, Geneva/Hong Kong/London - Colombian hexagonal emerald ring, Les Merveilles Collection, 18 Karat white gold. One hexagonal emerald 14.88 carats, origin Colombia, no indication of clarity enhancement. Round brilliant diamonds 4.40 carats, D colour VVS clarity. HKD$9,554,800

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Rossi & Rossi, London/Hong Kong - Avalokitèshvara, Nepal, C13th - C14th, Copper alloy, H. 88.9 cm.

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Gladwell & Patterson, London : Le Bassin Aux Nymphéas (The Waterlily Pond), 1919, Claude Monet, French (1840-1926), signed and dated 'Claude Monet 1919' (lower right), oil on canvas, 39 3/4” x 40 7/8”, 99.6cm x 103.7cm.

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Andy Hei Ltd, Hong Kong : A huanghuali wood solid top table with dragon panels and phoenix aprons, early Qing Dynasty, C18th, L. 220 x D. 44 x H. 84 cm 

TICKET INFO:

Tickets are HK$200 (Admits 2).  For more details, visit Fine Art Asia.



 

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