Magnificent vase lights up collection

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 May, 2010, 12:00am

At Bonhams' anticipated Spring Auction, more than 90 lots of exquisite Chinese ceramics and works of art will go under the hammer.

An auction centrepiece is a magnificent imperial vase from the Wanli period (1573-1620) in excellent condition (HK$8 million to HK$10 million).

With its shape derived from archaic bronzes, the porcelain vase - notable for its size, complexity of shape and brilliance of enamels with decorations of five-clawed royal dragons - is a masterpiece of the famed Jingdezhen kilns.

Other noteworthy items are late Qing porcelains, such as a large green-enamelled imperial dragon dish from 1885 (HK$280,000 to HK$350,000).

Catering to increasing interest in classical and modern Chinese paintings by collectors, Bonhams will also offer rare masterpieces by acclaimed masters Qiu Ying, Qi Baishi, Zhang Daqian and Fu Baoshi.

Among items on offer are an exquisite set of three hanging scrolls, each individually signed by the 20th century master Qi Baishi (HK$2 million to HK$3 million) and The Song of Birds, an oil-on-canvas work mounted on paperboard, framed and glazed, by Wu Dayu, a uniquely brilliant modern colour painter (HK$1 million to HK$1.5 million).

Other highlights include Tai Hu Lake View, an ink and colour on silk Ming handscroll court painting, by Qiu Ying (1494 to 1552), and Spring Scene, an ink and colour on paper hanging scroll, by Fu Baoshi (1904 to 1965), inscribed and signed by the artist.