HK$46 M Qi Baishi, "Album of Mountains and Rivers, Ink and colour on paper, 32.5 • 23.2 cm •10, 1922.
from 1934, sold for HK$7M), Ren Yi's late 19th-century painting “Oiseaux et fleurs” (Birds and Flowers) (HK$17.25M, the same amount as for Wang Jian's “Paysage d’après Dong Wenmin” (Landscape after Dong Wenmin), Fu Baoshi's A Scholar in the Mountains (HK$13.22M) and two landscapes by Wu Hufan (HK$9.43m and 7.47M). The paintings took the lion's share, totalling HK$354m, outshining the pieces of furniture, which in any case were fewer. They nevertheless fetched the highly respectable sum of HK$101m, with all the most important lots selling for well above estimates. Furniture made of species that China imported from Hainan Island, all dating from the late Ming or early Qing Dynasty, sparked the fiercest bidding. A Huanghuali Kang table fetched HK$6.78m, another, from a slightly earlier period, HK$6.32m, and a corner cabinet decorated with carved dragons HK$8.16m. The same decor adorned a pair of zitan cabinets from the Qianlong Period, which
a collector took home for HK$6.9m. Given the morethan-satisfactory results, the organisers decided to hold another series of auctions in Hong Kong next spring. To be continued… Xavier Narbaïtz
Where ? When ? Who ? Hong Kong 7 October China Guardian How much ? HK$455 M
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