Date
18 December 2017
Art lovers in Hong Kong will get a rare chance to see precious erotic paintings and other works from ancient China. Photo: Sotheby's
Art lovers in Hong Kong will get a rare chance to see precious erotic paintings and other works from ancient China. Photo: Sotheby's

Ancient Chinese erotic art on show in Hong Kong

Sotheby’s Hong Kong is showcasing more than 100 “exceptional masterpieces” of ancient Chinese erotic art in an exhibition that is expected to draw huge interest from art connoisseurs in the city. 

The international auction house said the exhibition, which will open today and will last until May 3, is the first of its kind in Asia and the world’s largest collection of erotic art, including paintings, objects, ivory and ceramics.

The exhibition will be open only to adults, given the nature of the works on display.

The works, which are owned by renowned Dutch collector and art scholar Ferdinand M. Bertholet, encompass a range that span the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD) all the way to the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911 AD), according to an invitation posted on Sotheby’s website..

Bertholet is said to have begun his artistic journey about 35 years ago from an antique shop at Hong Kong’s Hollywood Road, where he was deeply attracted by the works he found. He is happy the works can now return to Hong Kong. He sees the exhibition as a way of paying respect to the Chinese erotic art masters.

One of the most famous works at the exhibition is a set of eight paintings from the Kangxi Emperor of Qing Dynasty, showing maids’ “Love Games in a Flowering Garden” in the Imperial Palace.

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The Sotheby’s exhibition features the collection of Dutch art scholar Ferdinand Bertholet.


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