Zao Wou-Ki - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Sunday, November 24, 2019 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private Collection, France
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Jørgen Ågerup ed., Zao Wou-Ki: The Graphic Work, A Catalogue Raisonné 1937-1995, Copenhagen, 1995, no. 137-146, pp. 85-87

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rendered in varying shades of colours, the present lot is a folio containing 10 lithographs executed by one of the greatest modern Chinese painters, Zao Wou-Ki. Written by André Malraux, La Tentation de l’Occident (The Temptation of the West), was published in 1926 following the trip of the French Minister of Culture to the Far East, composing of an exchange of letters between a Chinese travelling in Europe and a Westerner visiting China. Fittingly, as a Chinese living in Paris, Zao was elected to illustrate the book. In 1964, Zao was granted French citizenship on the request of Andre Malraux himself, and was later honoured by France for his contribution to the arts.


La Tentation de l’Occident (The Temptation of the West) by André Malraux

a complete set of ten lithographs in colours on Arches paper, with full margins and the full sheets, folded (as issued) with text by André Malraux, all contained in the original linen-covered portfolio with blue printed title
book: 39.6 x 29.8 x 5.1 cm. (15 5/8 x 11 3/4 x 2 in.)
each lithograph: 37.5 x 18 cm. (14 3/4 x 7 1/8 in.)

Executed in 1962, this work is numbered 46 from an edition of 125 in Arabic numerals (as printed on the title page). There was also an edition of 45 in Roman numerals and two signed editions of 20 on Arches and Japan paper, published by Les Bibliophiles Comtois, Paris.

HK$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for HK$125,000

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Danielle So
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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019