Christie’s Spring Auction
Pola Antebi & Rosemary Scott
27 May 2018
OCS members were shown highlights from the Christie’s Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art 2018 spring sale.
OCS members were guided through the HSBC Archives and Repository with Thomas Warren and Florence Lo. Attendees were shown the inner workings of the archives and viewed pieces from the collection including works by George Chinnery.
Art historian and curator Catherine Maudsley led attendees through an exclusive guided viewing of Intimate Encounters: An Exhibition of Handscrolls and Albums from the M K Lau Collection. In particular, Maudsley highlighted important pieces from one one of Asia’s finest private collections of 20th century brush and ink paintings, and the impetus behind the collection.
Between 2013 and 2015, the Ashmolean Museum was able to analyze and conserve one of the largest and most handsome vessels in its renowned Islamic art collection, a 13th century Persian lusterware salver. Dr. Leoni presented aspects of this extensive research effort and its findings, where scientific and forensic methods confirmed and clarified previous suspicions about its “repairs”: indeed, parts of the bowl were added in modern times. Questions still remain about who, where, and when these parts were added, and how extensive such forged or repaired Islamic ceramics were in the early 20th century, when collecting Islamic decorative arts was at its peak in Europe.
Curator Tiffany Wai-ying Beres led OCS members through From Two Arises Three: The Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney highlighting the intersections between photography and Chinese traditional ink painting.
The origins of the “Yixian Luohans” as they came to be known thanks to Friedrich Perzynski’s account has been a source of controversy ever since they first appeared. In his talk, Tony Miller recounted the history of their discovery, updated members on recent research and offered his own view of why much that has been written since these beautiful sculpted-from-life figures first surfaced in 1912 has been misguided.
The OCS organised a guided viewing of two exhibitions at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr. Phil Chan led members through “A Field in Bloom: Highlights of Chinese Art to Mark the 60th Anniversary of the Department of Fine Arts, CUHK”, which was followed by a discussion of “Phoenix Reborn – Chu Jades Excavated from Hubei Museum” by Dr. Xu Xiaodong, Associate Director of the Art Museum, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The OCS members were guided through M+’s first exhibition on the subject of ink art with its curator, Dr Lesley Ma. Featuring works by more than forty artists from across Asia and beyond, The Weight of Lightness: Ink Art at M+, was the museum’s first dedicated exhibition on the subject, highlighting the diverse explorations that have taken place within ink art since the 1960s.
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