HONG KONG — The all-important auction season kicked off yesterday, April 3, with the sale of elBulli’s wine cellar. Still to come is the marathon of auctions for art, ceramics, timepieces, and other fine collectibles. Below, ARTINFO highlights all the outstanding lots headlining the upcoming sales.
— China Guardian Auctions will start things off with a bang: a large-scale painting by Zhang Daqian leads the two-day sale series beginning April 4. Zhang’s Cottage in Misty Mountains is estimated at $206,000-335,000. (Read more about China Guardian's offerings here.)
— Sotheby’s will launch into the sale of contemporary Asian art on April 5. Fang Lijun’s Series 1 No. 4 (1990-1991) is estimated to fetch $1.3-1.9 million. On the same day, the Kurokochi Collection of works by contemporary Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara is expected to fetch in excess of $2.4 million. All the works in the collection are completely fresh to the market and in pristine condition (read more about it, here). In addition, a monumental work by Ding Yanyong will reappear on the auction block at Sotheby’s sale of fine Chinese paintings.
— The following day, April 6, Zao Wou-ki’s 10.3.83 (1983) may fetch up to $4.1 million at the Sotheby’s sale of 20th Century Chinese Art. (To see the 10 top lots from Sotheby’s visual arts auction series, click here.)
— Also on April 6 is Poly Auctions’s contemporary Chinese art sale, which goes head to head with Sotheby’s. Poly leads with Zeng Fanzhi’s Mao’s Song Poem of Snow, No. 2 (HK$17-22 million) and Wu Guanzhong’s Tigers from 1994 (HK$7 -14 million). (Read the story, here.)
— Tiancheng International will hold both its contemporary Chinese art and fine Chinese paintings auctions on April 6.
— On Sunday, April 7, watches and clocks go under the hammer at Sotheby’s, leading with several Patek Philippe creations. The exhibition quality Pearl From the Golden Oyster Clock is estimated at $450,000–710,000, while a Patek Philippe semi-skeletonized perpetual calendar wristwatch could fetch $510,000-640,000. (Read more about the sales, here.)
— On the same day, Poly Auctions will offer antiques from the artisans and kilns of ancient imperial China, leading with a rare white jade dragon bi with imperial inscription estimated to achieve HK$9-12 million. (Read more about the sale, here.)
— April 8 will mark the final day of this month's crucial sales. Jewelry and more ceramics will be showcased at Sotheby’s, including the dazzling yellow and pink diamond ring, dubbed Blushing Gold, and a striking pair of pink diamond earrings known as The Regalia. (To read our story on these items, click here.) In addition, a red falancai bowl dating to the period of Kangxi’s reign and expected to fetch in excess of $9 million. (For information about it, click here.)