An ink-on-paper depiction of a horse by Chinese artist Xu Beihong is expected to fetch up to $US453,000 in an upcoming Christie’s auction in Hong Kong.
The work, entitled Running Horse, is being offered by a private English collector at Christie’s auction of fine Chinese modern paintings on May 26-27.
Christie’s expects the work to fetch $HK2,500,000 to $HK3,500,000 ($US324,042 to $US453,659).
Running Horse is dated 1942 and measures 129.5cm by 63cm (51in x 24.75in).
Christie’s say the work was acquired by the present owner’s late father in the late 1950s in Beijing, and had remained in the family since.
Xu was born in Jiangsu province in 1895. He was primarily known for his ink painings of horses and birds.
He is widely considered one of the first Chinese artists to articulate the need for artistic expression that reflected a modern China at the start of the 20th century.