This March, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will offer Property from the Collection of Ms. Yuan Jiaying and Mr. Li Guoyuan as part of our Asian Works of Art auction. The collection is comprised of 125 Chinese and Japanese paintings and will open the March 26 sale.
Inside the Auction | Property from the Collection of Ms. Yuan Jiaying and Mr. Li Guoyuan
Our upcoming Asian Works of Art auction features an important collection of 125 Chinese and Japanese paintings amassed by Yuan Jiaying and Li Guoyuan. Mrs. Yuan Jiaying is the granddaughter of China’s first president, Yuan Shikai, and Mr. Li Guoyuan, the son of Chinese entrepreneur Li Suran. The prolific collectors met and married in the 1940s.
Highlights from their collection to be sold at auction include calligraphy scrolls by Ming Dynasty scholar Xing Tong; paintings attributed to the Qing Dynasty court painter Shen Quan; calligraphy scrolls by Wu Changshuo; and beautifully painted fan leaves by Ming and Qing Dynasty scholars. This is the first time that the complete collection of Yuan Jiaying and Li Guoyuan will be shown in public.
Early on, Li Guoyuan was secretary to the Chinese general Zhang Zhizhong. Later on the couple moved to Indonesia, where Mr. Li became a minister and founded Gamaliel University. The family fled to the United States in 1964 due to riots in Indonesia. They brought with them only a fraction of their painting collection, which is presented here.
The Yuan-Li collection will be offered as a session in our March Asian Works of Art Auction, opening the sale.