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The Contemporary Literati: Curiosity sale on April 5 in Hong Kong presents an extraordinary assemblage of contemporary ink paintings, intriguing ancient objects and works of art that epitomize the refined taste of the Chinese literati. This lifestyle sale is inspired by the European tradition of cabinets of curiosity – small ‘wonder rooms’ of extraordinary objects assembled to construct the collector’s very own microcosm of the world.

Encouraging curiosity among collectors and connoisseurs alike, the Contemporary Literati: Curiosity sale focuses on an extraordinary assemblage of contemporary ink paintings, intriguing ancient objects and works of art that epitomise the refined taste of the Chinese literati. This lifestyle sale is inspired by the European tradition of cabinets of curiosity – small ‘wonder rooms’ of extraordinary objects assembled to construct the collector’s very own microcosm of the world.

The present sale is conceived as the imaginary studio of a modern day Chinese literatus, at the crossroads of the scholarly aesthetic and 21st century sensibility and highlights works on paper that draw upon the abstract and fantastic qualities of the ink medium. The selection of contemporary art includes some of the finest paintings by Liu Dan and Li Huayi ever to come to the market, as well as exceptional works by Inoue Yuichi, Liu Guosong, Mu Xin, Tseng Yuho, Wang Tiande, and Xu Lei. These works are exhibited in the context of a wide array of objects comprising both “objets trouves” – strange rocks and roots, fossils, fragmentary sculpture -, as well as scholarly works of art, whether tea bowls or writing implements, all to be displayed on austere ancient wood and stone furniture. We hope that you will enjoy this aesthetic voyage, a dual homage to the Chinese scholar’s studio and its distant European cousin.

Click here for more information on the sale.

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realtywith seven offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

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