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Property from the Xu Hanqing Collection to Be Offered at Christie’s Asian Art Week

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announced the single-owner sale of A Connoisseur’s Vision: Property from the Xu Hanqing Collection, which will be offered on September 15, 2011 during Christie’s Asian Art Week. This elite group of 150 objects includes rare and important examples of ancient Chinese paintings, rare calligraphy, lustrous jades, an assortment of luxurious seals and other sophisticated scholar’s objects and is expected to realize in the region of $7 million. Xu Fubing (artistic name Hanqing and studio name Chunzhai) was born in 1883, in Yancheng, Jiangsu province and died in the 1950s. In his early career, he was a chief official with the Chinese Qing-dynasty government and later, in the early Republican period, a co-founder and President of Continental Bank. While a banker by profession, Xu was also an accomplished calligrapher with a passion for the traditional arts. Formed over the course of his lifeti