Including carved and enamelled artworks, these pieces are preserved proofs of spectacular craftsmanship by China
October 26, 2020: Christie’s, the world's leading art business, is offering unique Chinese Art Works from Springfield Museums, the largest cultural institution in western Massachusetts, in continuation of the tradition to offer renowned institutional collections. The live auction will be conducted in Hong Kong on November 30 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Some spectacular pieces included are 12 jade and cloisonné enamel pieces from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). These pieces were acquired by George Walter Vincent Smith (1832 -1923), an American entrepreneur and art collector who founded the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1896. The Museum is best known for its extraordinary depth of rare and unusual objects from China and Japan, featuring a striking collection of Chinese porcelains, cloisonné ware and jade and Japanese bronzes, iron, lacquer and ivory.
An exquisitely carved white jade figure of Shoulao, the Star God of Longevity, rare for its substantial size and superb quality from Qianlong - Jiaqing Period (1736 - 1820) is estimated to be auctioned for HK$ 5,000,000 – 7,000,000.
While another masterpiece, a massive imperial cloisonné enamel vase decorated with dramatic mask motifs, exceeding 64 cm. in height, Taotie Hu Form Vase from Yongzheng - Qianlong Period (1723 - 1795) will be auctioned for HK$ 3,000,000 – 5,000,000.
All proceeds from the sale of the art pieces will be used for the care of the collections, and to advance the Museum’s commitment to equity, diversity, and access through future art acquisitions of works by women artists, artists of color and under-represented artists.