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Christie's auction to feature works by Vicente Manansala, other masters

Christie’s will present on December 2 and 3 this year a selection of masterworks by artists from around the globe, including Vicente Manansala, the late Filipino artist known for his Cubist paintings.

In a news release, Christie's announced the dates of auction previews in Asia:

  • Hong Kong | October 3 – 7

  • Beijing | October 20 – 21

  • Shanghai | October 24 – 25

  • Taipei | November 7 – 8


"Tiangge" (Market scene)

Oil on canvas

124 x 195 cm.

Painted in 1980

HK$3,000,000 – 5,000,000/US$390,000 – 640,000

Manansala is a Filipino National Artist, who finished Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines. He trained in Paris, France as well as the Otis School of Drawing in Los Angeles in the US.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts said Manansala's works are "visions of reality teetering on the edge of abstraction."

Christie's said Manansala's "Tiangge" is "an extremely rare, large-format painting" that has belonged to the same distinguished private collection for the past 15 years."

On Christie's website, "Tiangge" is recorded to have been sold in November 2005 for HKD 1,020,000.

Christie's is the world's leading art business. In 2019, it had auction sales totalling £4.5 billion/$5.8 billion. It offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, with prices range from $200 to over $100 million.

Meanwhile, another painting to be featured in the December auction is a work by the Chinese-French painter Sanyu (Chang Yu, 1895 to 1966).

SANYU (1895-1966_

"Chrysanthèmes roses dans une corbeille"

(Pink Chrysanthemum in a Basket)

Oil on canvas

92 x 60 cm.

Painted in 1931

HK$68,000,000 – 98,000,000 / US$8,900,000 – 12,000,000

According to Christie's, "Pink Chrysanthemums in a Basket," painted in 1931, is "an exceptional example of Sanyu’s floral paintings from the 30s, demonstrating the artist’s unique approach to composition and space."

"Using simple colors and a blend of stylization and realism, Sanyu utilized the Western medium of oil and canvas to capture a sense of Chinese aesthetics in his paintings of flowers. "Pink Chrysanthemums in a Basket," with its unique vertical composition and delicately etched details, showcases the artist’s dedication to achieving a refined elegance in his work," it added.

Christie’s said it continues to be the market leader for Sanyu following the auction records set by Sanyu’s "Five Nudes" and "White Chrysanthemum in a Blue and White Jardiniere."

The "Five Nudes" painting was sold for HKD 303,985,000 in 2019 while "White Chrysanthemum in a Blue and White Jardiniere" was sold for HKD 191,620,000 last July.

Meanwhile, Christie's said the auction in December will also include highlights by artists Zao Wou-Ki, Zhang Xiaogang, Andy Warhol, and Yayoi Kusama.

Christie’s will also offer works by contemporary masters of abstract art including Zao Wou-Ki, Chu Teh-Chun, Kazuo Shiraga, and Cecily Brown.


"Les Couturières" (Seamstresses at Work)

Ink and gouache on silk in its original Gadin frame

65.5 x 88 cm.

Painted in 1930

HK$4,800,000 – 5,800,000/US$630,000 – 750,000



Oil on canvas 121.9 x 152.4 cm.

Painted in 2004

HK$16,000,000 – 22,000,000/

US$2,100,000 – 2,800,000

MAI TRUNG THU (1906-1980)

"La jeune femme de Hué" (Young Lady from Hué)

Oil on canvas

73 x 60.5 cm.

Painted in 1937

HK$1,800,000 – 2,400,000/US$240,000 – 310,000

DING YANYONG (1902-1978)

"Seated Lady in Green Blouse"

Oil on canvas

91.2 x 60.6 cm.

Painted in 1969

HK$5,800,000 – 8,800,000

US$760,000 – 1,100,000

Aside from its regular sales online, Christie’s also has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

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