Zhang Daqian’s Ancient Temple in the Mist, 1978, splashed ink and color on paper – Est. HK$18–25 million (US$2.3–3.2 million)
Sotheby’s Hong Kong Fine Chinese Paintings Spring Sale will be held on April 6 in Hall 5, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Offering more than 300 paintings by modern Chinese artists, the sale is estimated to bring in excess of HK$180 million (US$23 million). Highlights include fresh-to-market works from the family collections of Zhang Daqian, Li Yanshan and Yuan Shikai, as well asGuangdong book collector Mo Boji.
“This Spring, Sotheby’s continues to leverage our unrivalled global network to assemble outstanding works from important private collections worldwide, including the family collections of several artists—all coming to auction for the very first time. Star lots of the sale include Zhang Daqian’s 1960s and ‘70s pioneering splash-ink-and-colour works, Blossoming Lotus and Ancient Temple in the Mist, as well as his 1950s gongbi brushwork painting, Riding in the Autumn Countryside. We are delighted to bring together both traditional and innovative works by this modern master on one single occasion.” said C.K. Cheung, Head of Chinese Paintings Department at Sotheby’s.