Sir David Tang’s estate administrator sues his widow for the return of a Chinese painting and piano in China Club


31st August 2021 – (Hong Kong) The late Sir David Tang who used to mingle among the upper class of the British society, passed away in 2017. Four years later, his inheritance is still being handled. His estate administrator yesterday (30th) filed a lawsuit against his widow in the High Court, requesting the court to rule that his Chinese landscape painting and the Bosendorfer imperial piano belong to his estate and allowing his trustee to pay the wages and MPF contributions of five former domestic domestic helpers and employees. The High Court is tentatively scheduled to hold a closed chamber hearing on this case on 25th October and the will handle it.

The plaintiff is Gordon David Michael George Oldham, Tang’s estate administrator, and the defendant is Tang’s widow Lucy Tang.

The plaintiff requested the court to rule that a painting “Shanshui” and the Bösendorfer Imperial Piano in the “China Club” were both part of Tang’s estate, and ordered the return of of the Chinese painting to the plaintiff. In addition, the plaintiff requested authorisation to use Tang’s estate to pay Tang’s four former foreign domestic helpers an arrears of HK$6,000 each, as well as HK$3,150 for Ng’s monthly MPF contributions and surcharges. In addition, the plaintiff also requested the court to rule that the 10,000 shares of China Investment Incorporations (BVI) Limited held by Tang’s estate were beneficially owned by Sharpland Investments Limited, and asked the plaintiff to transfer these share to Sharpland and use proceeds from Tang’s estate to return about 73,000 US dollars (equivalent to 569,000 Hong Kong dollars) in dividends to Sharpland, the condition is that Sharpland pays relevant fees and compensation. The plaintiff requested permission to sign an agreement with Third Generation Capital Limited.