Freeman’s is pleased to announce their premiere auction in Hong Kong on 31 May in partnership with auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull. To be held at the Liang Yi Museum during the prestigious Asia Week Hong Kong 2016, this specially curated auction features a 600-year-old Chinese Ming cup valued at $3 million.
“The burgeoning art market in Hong Kong, combined with both companies’ success with attracting and selling to new clients in Asia, made a joint auction venture in Hong Kong the next logical step to better serve these collectors,” said Paul Roberts, president of Freeman’s and vice chairman of Lyon & Turnbull. Freeman's has enjoyed tremendous success attracting the attention of the international market over the past few years under the guidance of department head Richard Cervantes. Collectors have traveled the globe to attend auctions of Asian Arts in Philadelphia, resulting in top prices for works such as Fu Baoshi's ink on paper work "Depicting Tao Yuanming," which sold for $413,000, a large and very rare Imperial Ge-type moon flask that realized $903,750, and a spectacular Imperial style 'double dragon' Qing dynasty white jade seal, which brought a spectacular $3,513,000.
Known as the Thornhill Stem Cup, the Ming Xuande (1426-35) mark and period blue and white cup is a rare masterpiece, virtually unseen outside museum collections. The motif of flying dragons was popular in the Yuan dynasty but was revived in the Xuande dynasty as can be seen in this case. The five-clawed dragon flies amongst flames, chasing the eternally flaming pearl, above a sea with crashing waves tipped in white and rocks seen around the base. The stem cup was displayed for the first time in more than 20 years at Asian Art London in November 2015 and is now making its way to the US before the Hong Kong sale.
Interested collectors may view The Thornhill Stem Cup prior to auction in these cities:
Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh 10 February
Freeman’s, Philadelphia 10-11 March
Carlton Hobbs Gallery, New York/Asia Week 14-16 March
Liang Yi Museum, Hong Kong/Asia Week 28-30 May
Be a part of our inaugural auction in the Asian art center of the world. Consignments of important Chinese works of art are now welcome. To make an appointment for a private and complimentary consultation, please contact one of our specialists.
Image: The Thornhill Stem Cup; a highly important blue and white 'dragon' stem cup, Xuande six-character mark and of the period. Estimate £2,000,000-4,000,000 ($3,000,000-6,000,000).