04 Mar '11, 6pm

Art world awaits trove of Chinese ceramics: HONG KONG - For more than 50 years, one of the last great European c...

HONG KONG - For more than 50 years, one of the last great European collections of Chinese imperial ceramics has lain cloistered with an intensely private family in Switzerland, closed to the eyes of all but a handful of insiders. Known largely from catalogues by noted sinologist Regina Krahl, the pieces in the Meiyintang collection, which has been carefully acquired over half a century by Swiss pharmaceutical tycoons, the Zuellig brothers, are considered one of the best and last intact major private Western collections of Chinese ceramics. On April 7, a small consignment of 80 lots from the collection will be put on the auction block for the first time by Sotheby's in what market experts say could be a landmark sale fetching over HK$1 billion (S$162.8 million). Mr Nicolas Chow, deputy chairman of Sotheby's Asia and the global head of Chinese ceramics, hoped it would remind...

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