Jade is sale highlight
The Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art auction will feature pieces from private collections including those of John and Berthe Ford. Highlights include Chinese jade (lots 389-428), featuring an outstanding white jade hu vase, Qianlong, HK$800,000 to HK$1.2 million (lot 427), and a large white-jade finger citron (lot 389) from the mid-Qing dynasty, HK$80,000 to HK$120,000.
Another highlight is a rare and brilliantly enamelled ruby-ground yangcai floral bowl, Yongzheng yuzhi, which has a four-character mark and is of the period (estimated at HK$2 million to HK$4 million).
The 207 bronze weapons, featuring an extraordinary variety of swords, daggers, axes and others incorporating regional styles and cultures from Shang to Han dynasties, are from the collection of a Western connoisseur who was a Hong Kong resident for 20 years.
The collection, which comes with outstanding provenance, was formerly on loan to the Museum of Coastal Defence as part of its Ancient Chinese Weapons exhibit in Hong Kong and is to be sold without reserve. Some of the Warring States swords could be sold for up to US$50,000 on the international market.