China art under hammer in Hong Kong

8th Nov 2013

Art lovers will be flocking to Hong Kong later this month when Bonhams auctions masterpieces by some of Asia's most celebrated artists.

The auction house's first Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art auction is to be staged at the luxurious Island Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong on November 23.

More than 150 lots will be going under the hammer with the artwork split into three groups, showcasing 20th century Chinese art, contemporary Asian art and South East Asian art.

Many buyers are likely to be staying at the 56-storey hotel, which provides a luxurious base for a city break in Hong Kong or a stopping off point for a tailor made holiday in China.

The highlight of the auction is likely to be the iconic Seated Nude, painted by Chinese artist Sanyu (1901-1966). Sanyu is one of the most recognised Chinese artists of the 20th century and his masterpiece is expected to sell for up to £2.8 million.

Coming from the Henri-Pierre Roché's famous collection, the painting epitomises his efforts to build a bridge between both East and West as well as between traditional and contemporary art.

The picture features minimalist Chinese brush strokes, an avant-garde experimentation with monochrome and delicate colours, drawing its inspiration from photography and oil painting.

Art lovers will also have their eye on how an untitled portrait by Zeng Fanzhi fares when the bids start coming in. The painting is expected to fetch up to £3.2 million.

The 49-year-old Beijing-based artist, who is set to have a major exhibition of his work displayed at the Modern art museum in Paris, drew inspiration for the portrait from the work of British painter Bacon.

The auction - to be staged in the hotel's Island Ballroom - follows the success of Bonhams' Voyages of Discovery sale in May 2012 that was dedicated to 20th century masters Zao Wouki and Chu Teh-chun.

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