Pair of Sacrificial Blue Ground Bowls, Yongzheng Mark, 19th Century
With a deep cobalt glaze on the exterior, the interior plain white
diameter 5.4" — 13.6 cm.
Chinese Works of Art from the Collection of Sir Michael William and Lady Wendy Turner, Hong Kong and London (lots 193-198)
Given as gifts to Sir Michael (1905-1980) (KBE. CBE. OBE. Hon LLD) while he was the Chief manager of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (Later HSBC) between 1953-1962.
Sir Michael William Turner was born in Winchester, England, in 1905. He studied at University College, Oxford with a degree in military history and a stint on the English national field hockey team. Upon graduation, he joined the London HSBC office and was then posted to Shanghai. On his second tour in Shanghai he met and married Wendy Stranack (later Lady Wendy Turner), but was subsequently transferred to Singapore where he was interned in Changi jail for the duration of WWII. It took him six months to recover from the camp, and afterwards, he resumed his business career and succeeded Sir Arthur Morse as Chief Manager of HSBC in 1953 where he was instrumental in the considerable post-war expansion of the bank. Following retirement in 1963 he served as Chairman of the British Bank of the Middle East. Sir Michael died in London in 1980. A Turner room in the main Hong Kong branch of HSBC commemorates his services to the bank. During his time in Hong Kong he and Lady Turner acquired a number of Chinese jade carvings, porcelain, and works of art.