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From a breathtaking piece of jewellery to an impressive collection of fine wines that took forty years to amass, a very rare Buddhist sculpture from the 9th century and a Qing Dynasty vase bearing auspicious symbols of Chinese tradition such phoenixes and peonies. These are the treasures that are coming up for auction in October from auction houses around the world. This is your head start.
1. The Dunhuang Pipa Necklace
Bidding commences on 7 October through Sotheby’s in Hong Kong.
Chinese haute joallierie artist Anna Hu’s creations will shine at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Autumn Sale, where her Silk Road Music Collection—commissioned specially for this collaboration—is due to go under the hammer. The musical and cultural exchanges that took place in the Silk Road have inspired five jewellery pieces, the most outstanding being The Dunhuang Pipa Necklace (estimated at between HK$40 to 50 million or RM21.3 to 26.6 million). Designed and mounted by Hu herself, the piece is set with a 100.02-carat fancy intense yellow diamond, which she has described as “a true gift from nature".
2. A Gilt Copper Figure of Bodhisattva Nepal, circa 9th Century
Bidding commences on 7 October through Bonhams in Hong Kong.
The standout lot of a single-owner sale of eight Buddhist sculptures from the esteemed Nyingjei Lam Collection, this museum-quality sculpture (estimated between HK$20 to 25 million / RM10.7 to 13.3 million) belongs to a very small group of large-scale sculptures from the early Nepalese tradition. Seated in an unusual relaxed position holding a single jewel in his raised right hand, the sculpture possesses a commanding presence, with a facial expression of empyrean authority and transcendent stillness. Its surface has been worn smooth from centuries of ritual worship and retains a smooth, glossy patina.
3. The Distinguished Cellar of A Pioneering Collector
Bidding commences on 5 October through Sotheby’s in Hong Kong.
A magnificent collection of Burgundy and Bordeaux—assembled over four decades at the forefront of a pioneering era for wine collecting in Asia—leads Sotheby’s Hong Kong Autumn 2019 wine sale series. This single-owner sale comprises over 1,100 lots (estimated at HK$37 to 50 million / RM19.7 to 26.6 million), including 460-plus lots of Burgundy such as Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Leflaive, Dujac, de Vogüé, Ponsot, Drouhin, and Clos de Tart. The majority of the wines were acquired on release, or directly from established British merchants in the late 1980s through to the 2000s, and have not been moved from the collector’s cellar ever since.
4. A Beijing-Enamelled Pouch-Shaped Qianlong Glass Vase
Bidding commences on 8 October through Sotheby’s in Hong Kong.
Standing 18.2 cm tall, this extraordinary and highly important glass vase is thought to be the greatest example of Qing dynasty art in private hands, and is expected to fetch in excess of HK$200 million (about RM107 million). Enamelled by imperial command of the Qianlong Emperor in the early years of his reign, it bears a notable blue enamel mark along with one bud and the brilliant design of a pair of phoenixes soaring amidst clouds and peonies. The intricacy of its pouch-shaped form, complete with a simulated pink sash tied at the neck, pays tribute to the vase’s status as the most successful of all surviving examples to emerge from the Beijing Palace Workshops.