Bonhams to auction works by Chu Teh-Chun and Zao Wou-Ki on May 27

Zao Wou Ki, La Mer, 2004
Bonhams will offer a single owner collection which features 15 major works by Chu Teh-Chun and Zao Wou-Ki, and 12 rare Imperial Chinese works of art on May 27 in Hong Kong.

Chu Teh-Chun, Diffractions Alertes, 1983


Chu Teh-Chun (b. 1920) and Zao Wou-Ki (b. 1921) both trained in traditional Chinese caligraphy painting before emigrating to Paris in the 1950s , where they were soon influenced by the painterly abstraction they found. They thus create their own unique styles, a distinct fusions of Chinese tradition and European innovation.
Zao Wou Ki, 14.11.2002-02.07.2003, 2002-3

Chu Teh-Chun, Formes Illuminées, 2006

Prices of works by Chu Teh-Chun have increased remarkably in recent years, while the market for works by Zao Wou-Ki is long-established and has strongly grown in the last couple of years.

The strength of this single owner collection lies not only in its outstanding quality, but also in the
breadth and variety of the works. The collection provides a cross-section of the artists’ developments through the decades, illustrating the evolution of their unique styles from the 1960s up until 2006.

Chu Teh-Chun, Les Feux du Jour finissant, 2006


The single owner collection also includes twelve rare Chinese objects spanning widely in era
from the Northern Song Dynasty (960 – 1127AD), through the Ming Dynasty to the Guangxu
period of the Qing Dynasty (up to 1908AD). The collection of works includes ceramic dishes,
flambé-glazed vases and unique cloisonné enamel boxes.


A magnificent and extremely rare cloisonné enamel ice cooler and cover
Beijing Palace Workshops, Qianlong

A highlight work is a rare cloisonné enamel ice cooler and cover from the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty. Featuring a striking blue floral pattern across its case and detailed with gold, the box is held up on both sides by kneeling figures and adorned on its lid by a gold lion. This work of art is one of only two of its kind, its twin residing in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


An exceptional copper-red ‘lotus’ bowl
Hongwu period (1368-1398)



Further objects of note include the oldest work in the collection, an extremely rare Dingyao dish
from the Northern Song Dynasty (960 – 1127AD), inscribed at a later date with a poem by the Qianlong Emperor in 1776, and an exceptional copper-red ‘lotus’ bowl from the Hongwu period.
Hongwu, the first Ming Emperor, claimed the Mandate of Heaven on seizure of the Yuan capital (present-day Bejing) and established the Ming Dynasty in 1368, making this work both one of aesthetic brilliance and historical significance.

The travelling highlights exhibition will be on view in the following cities:

Lisbon 28 February – 4 March 2012, Fundacao Oriente Museum
Paris 8 – 10 March 2012, Centre Culturel de Chine
New York 15 – 20 March 2012, Bonhams New York (to coincide with Asia Week)
London 10 – 13 April 2012, Bonhams New Bond Street
Singapore 20 – 21 April 2012, Grand Hyatt Hotel
Taipei 28 – 29 April 2012, Fubon International Convention Center
Beijing 5 – 6 May 2012, China World Summit Wing
Shanghai 9 – 10 May 2012, JW Marriott

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