This highly valuable vase is a representative of typical Xiang porcelain to be exhibited during the event. The inscription inside was written in Lishu style, or clerical script, by renowned calligrapher Wang Deshui. Its auction price will begin at 180,000 yuan. Photos Provided to China Daily
An exhibition and trade fair for excellent Xiang embroidery and porcelain will be held for the first time during the Hunan (Hong Kong) Investment and Trade Promotion Week, according to the Cultural and Creative Industry Development Office of Hunan province.
Xiang embroidery and Xiang porcelain are known around the world. In recent years, they have gradually made their way into the market for high-end art collection.
With a history of 2,500 years, Xiang embroidery is one of the oldest embroidery arts in China. Skillfully combining needlework, threads and silk, local embroiders can create fantastic patterns without brush and ink. The most famous Xiang embroidery designs are of lions and tigers. Double-sided Xiang embroidery has been widely praised as "the magic art".
Hunan's porcelain has a long history, too. Changsha Tongguan Kiln products, the "Chinese Red" products and Five-Color Glaze porcelains produced from Liling are the most representative.
Liling has been making porcelain since the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220) and reached a peak during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Liling porcelain, known for its fine body as well as its bright and smooth glaze, has unique characteristics that distinguish it from all Chinese porcelain.
To better prepare for the Hong Kong auction, a 10-day preview exhibition was held by the creative industry office in March.
Some 90 pieces of embroidery were selected by experts from the Hunan Xiang Embroidery Research Institute from nearly 150 entries, and 90 porcelain objects were chosen out of 200 for the preview.
An expert team again selected 50 embroidery and porcelain pieces respectively from those in the preview exhibition.
The final 100 pieces to be exhibited and auctioned in Hong Kong are a collection of classic and creative artworks by masters in the field and are believed to be the best of their kind.
Zhou Ce, director of the Xiang embroidery research institute, said the pieces, which cover a wide range of themes and combine various styles and techniques, fully display the achievements of Xiang embroidery in recent years.
There are not only works by renowned embroidery masters like Yang Yingxiu and Huang Cuifeng but also excellent pieces by the next generation of artists like Li Yan and Liu Jianxin, whose works can fully represent the modern evolution of the art.
The porcelain collected for the auction also represents the highest achievements of modern Liling glaze porcelain making.
The pieces, all done by masters at the national or provincial level, fully show their craftsmanship with ingenious designs and vivid depictions of real things.
The art pieces will be exhibited during June 19 and 20 on the M floor at Hong Kong's Grand Hyatt Hotel. They will be auctioned by Poly (Hong Kong) at the local Renaissance Harbor View Hotel on the afternoon of June 20.
Hunan's cultural and creative industry authorities have been demonstrating pictures of the 100 pieces, which are valued at between 25 million yuan ($4 million) and 36 million yuan by experts online.