Date: Tuesday 4 April 2023
Registration: 8:45 – 9:00am
Guided viewing: 9:00 – 10:00am
Place: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
The Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong is delighted to announce a private preview of Sotheby’s Spring sale of Chinese works of art with Nicolas Chow. Nicolas will guide members through this season’s sales of a selection of the most desirable objects collected over 50 years by renowned collectors in their respective fields.
Among the highlights are the T.Y. Chao blue and white porcelain ewer, produced for the personal use of the Yongle Emperor during the very pinnacle of the Ming dynasty, and Dr Alice Cheng’s falangcai bowl (shown above), a gem of imperial porcelain, the delicate, creamy white body having been painted in Beijing with a scene and poem evocative of spring by master enamellers in Qianlong’s court. During the latter years of the Qing dynasty in the late 19th century, this bowl and its pair entered the collection of Captain Charles Oswald Liddell, whose collection was sold in 1929. Thereafter, one bowl entered the collection of Sir Percival David, now in the British Museum; while the present bowl entered the collections of Charles Ernest Russell, Barbara Hutton, J.T. Tai, Tianminlou, and Robert Chang and since 2006, the celebrated collection of Dr Alice Cheng.
Nicolas Chow is Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia and Worldwide Head and Chairman of the Chinese Works of Art Department, orchestrating auctions with a focus on ceramics and works of art from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Mr. Chow joined Sotheby’s in 1999 and has been responsible for leading the Chinese art market across the Asia Pacific region since 2003. In 2006/07 he took over global oversight for the Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art departments.
Registration starts at 8:45am. Members are reminded that as the preview takes place before the public are admitted, this event is strictly limited to current members only. A limited number of places are available, and pre-registration is required. Drop-ins will not be entertained. Members are further reminded that photography is not ordinarily permitted.