Following Lyon & Turnbull and Freeman’s joint sponsorship of Asia Week Hong Kong 2015 establishing their name in the region, the auction house partnership will return this May to hold their debut auction of select Chinese Works of Art at the prestigious Liang Yi Museum in the centre of the city’s antiques district.
“The burgeoning art market in Hong Kong, combined with both companies’ success with attracting and selling to new clients in Asia, made a joint auction venture in Hong Kong the next logical step to better serve these collectors,” said Paul Roberts, president of Freeman’s and vice chairman of Lyon & Turnbull.
Headlining the sale is the Thornhill Stem Cup valued at £2-4 million, a remarkable 600-year-old Ming blue and white cup, considered by leaders in the field the most important piece of porcelain to come out of the UK in the last decade. Virtually unseen outside of museum collections, the Stem Cup made its first public appearance in 20 years at Asian Art in London 2015 at the start of its global promotional tour leading up to the sale.
"In our industry, it is a privileged position when one is charged with selling an item of such historical importance, and I am thrilled at the prospect of offering this on the behalf of Staffordshire University during Asia Week Hong Kong 2016. There is no doubt that Hong Kong was the only choice in selecting a location to auction such a masterpiece; anticipation from collectors in the region and indeed world wide continues to mount.” - Lee Young, Head of Asian Art
Image: The Thornhill Stem Cup; a highly important blue and white 'dragon' stem cup, Xuande six-character mark and of the period. Estimate £2,000,000-4,000,000 ($3,000,000-6,000,000).
Viewing in Hong Kong
Liang Yi Museum | 181 -199 Hollywood Rd | Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Saturday 28 May | 10am to 5pm
Sunday 29 May | 10am to 7pm
Monday 30 May | 10am to 7pm
Tuesday 31 May | 10am to 3pm
Tuesday 31 May 2016 | 6pm HKT | Liang Yi Musuem