Soapstone figures for sale

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 May, 2011, 12:00am


Arguably the greatest collection of soapstone figures to be offered at an auction, the Q collection offers an unparalleled opportunity for collectors to acquire pieces of the highest quality with impeccable provenance.

The collection is made up of pieces obtained from both ends of the market, from high-end art dealers in the United States, Europe and Japan to simple street markets. One of the rarest examples was bought for pennies in Cat Street in Hong Kong in the late 1970s.

The 78 exquisite figures represent the personal journey of the collector, who started acquiring the pieces during the 1970s.

Soapstone, or shoushan stone, is produced in southeast China near Fuzhou city.

One of the highlights at the sale is the extremely fine and rare large figure of a luohan, thought to hail from the 17th or 18th century. It is 20cm high and is expected to command a selling price of up to HK$3 million.

Another piece to look out for is an extremely rare figure of Kanakabharadvja, which is expected to sell for between HK$1.5 million and HK$2.5 million.