Asian art dealer Roger Keverne
Asian art dealer Roger Keverne, pictured in the 1970s as director of the Chinese department at Spink & Son.

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Sotheby’s Hong Kong conducted a $HK55m sale of 93 lots titled ‘Roger Keverne – 50 Years in the Trade’ as part of the recent HK$22bn ($285m) series.

Seventy-year-old Keverne is now considering a step back from the commercial world. He will, however, continue to deal from his Clifford Street gallery and is this year’s chairman of Asian Art in London running from November 3-12.

Keverne believes he inherited an inclination to hoard from his mother who was a collector of English ceramics. Some of the items sold by Sotheby’s had emerged from storage wrapped in newspaper pages from the 1970s.

Leading proceedings at HK$4m was a 17th century bamboo ‘riverscape’ brushpot by Zhang Xihuang.

Zhang was especially renowned for his use of the liuqing technique, a method of carving contrasting the smooth greenish bamboo skin and the darker and more fibrous inner layer of the stalk.

Zhang Xihuang brushpot

The 17th century bamboo ‘riverscape’ brushpot by Zhang Xihuang that led the sale of works from the personal collection of Roger Keverne at Sotheby’s Hong Kong.

The sale took place on October 5 and the buyer’s premium was 25/20/12%.