From November 28 to December 1 Sotheby’s will hold the series of private and public sales they have dubbed ‘Beijing Art Week’. It is the largest event Sotheby’s have held in China.
Alongside a $20m auction of Modern and
Contemporary Chinese art and a preview of highlights from the New
York Important Old Master Paintings sale, the four-day event at the
China World Summit Wing hotel includes three selling shows and an
exhibition of choice stock from a Bond Street silver and jewellery
Following the success of two selling
exhibitions of Modern Masters in Hong Kong (in 2010 and 2012),
Sotheby's have broadened the scope of this Beijing event beyond the
confines of Impressionist and Modern art from the 1890s to the
This whistle-stop tour of figure painting in
Western art includes "one of the greatest portraits by Rembrandt
van Rijn remaining in private hands" - the late
period Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo. The
picture, sold by Christie's King Street on behalf of Barbara
Piasecka Johnson in December 2009 for £18m (when the buyer was
casino owner Steven Wynn), was last seen at TEFAF
Maastricht with Otto Naumann priced at $47m.
Alongside will be a selection of 19th
century furniture and works of art of the kind that has shown
considerable traction in the Chinese market in recent years, as
well as big rocks from the subsidiary gem dealership Sotheby's
A fourth exhibition is titled Antique Jewellery with
Royal Provenance from S.J. Phillips Ltd. It comprises five
antique jewels from Europe with royal provenance, among them a
pearl and diamond pendant cluster brooch formerly belonging to
Empress Eugénie of France.
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