The late Sir Joseph Hotung (1930-2021) was respected and revered in the art world for his Jade collection and for his philanthropy. What was much less known however was his discriminating eye for quality and design. His personal collection was beautifully displayed in his London residence yet seen only by a privileged few. In Autumn 2022, Sotheby’s offered over 400 works from Sir Joseph’s personal collection in a series of auctions in London and Hong Kong.
經過四場現場拍賣及一場網上拍賣，475件拍品以總數1.033億歐元 / 9.316億港元 / 1.192億美元成交，超越其拍賣前估價的一倍。綜合多場拍賣，93%的拍品成功找到新主人，其中70%成交超越其估價，多達22項拍品打破100萬歐元紀錄。此系列拍賣吸引了來自44個國家的越過1,000名買家參與競投。
Over the course of four live sales and an online sale, 475 lots sold to bring a total of £103.3m / HK$931.6m / US$119.2m (est. £40.5-59.7m) – more than doubling pre-sale expectations. Across the auctions, 93% of the lots offered found new homes, with 70% selling for sums in excess of their high-estimates and 22 lots breaking the £1 million mark. The series saw over 1,000 participants hail from 44 countries.
Sir Joseph’s passion for collecting jade was sparked in the early 1970s when a chance encounter – due to a delayed flight – led him to acquire a pair of perfectly matched Qing-dynasty white bowls from a gallery in San Francisco. This first purchase was the start of a lifelong passion, as Sir Joseph took to assembling artworks from different periods and places. His extensive collection was displayed harmoniously in the elegant London home he personally curated and designed. The glowing patinas of Chinese and English furniture perfectly counterbalancing the vibrant colouring of the Old Master and Impressionist paintings, set against exquisite works of art and porcelain from China, every piece rare and of the highest quality.
Hotung’s keen philanthropy in the arts was particularly felt by cultural institutions, with the major gallery of Asian Art in the British Museum named for him – opened to great acclaim by Her Majesty The Queen in 1992 and again in 2017 – and additional trustee positions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Asia Society, New York, to name a few. Testament to his generosity, Hotung bequeathed almost the entirety of his outstanding collections of early Chinese blue-and-white porcelains and of Jades to the British Museum, where they will be displayed together – in what marks one of the most significant bequests in the British Museum’s recent history.
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HOTUNG | 何東
The Personal Collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung
8 OCTOBER – 8 DECEMBER
SOTHEBY’S HONG KONG & LONDON