Eight days of exhibition, five days of sales and eleven auctions of Asian art brought Sotheby’s New York a combined of $78.4 million, far exceeding the pre-sale estimate. Works sold to collectors in Europe, Asia and the Americas included Zhang Daqian’s $6.6 Million Water And Sky Gazing After Rain In Splashed Color, one of the top lots of Asia Week across all of New York. See the 14 artworks that surpassed one million dollars. Asia Week
Inscribed with poems written by the Qianlong Emperor, this highly important handscroll depicts ten landscapes by the emperor’s favourite artist Qian Weicheng. Recently rediscovered after a hundred years, the scroll was originally kept in the Forbidden City and handed down until the Last Emperor Puyi in the 1920s. ‘Ten Auspicious Landscapes of Taishan’ is a highlight of Sotheby’s upcoming sales in Hong Kong.
One of China’s most distinguished diplomats, Dr Vi-kyuin Wellington Koo (1888–1985) served as a delegate, as a foreign-policy and financial minister, as an ambassador during World War II and as vice-president of the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Mrs Juliana Young Koo (1905–2017) married Wellington Koo in 1959 and lived to the advanced age of 111. Together, the pair travelled the world and collected Chinese paintings and calligraphy – click through to see their adventures and offerings from the upcoming Asia Week auctions. Fine Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy 23 March | New York Saturday at Sotheby's 24 March | New York
Sotheby’s is privileged to present the Chew Family Collection this March. Thoughtfully assembled and carefully preserved for decades, the paintings and calligraphy bring to life the very personal side to collecting. They're a fitting ode to the family’s artistic eye and their friendships with artists and collectors in California and beyond.
Thomas, Joan, and Frances Chew enthusiastically collected Chinese paintings and calligraphy across two generations. The collection features works by renowned painter Zhang Daqian—a close friend of the family—and will be offered during Asia Week in New York on 22 March 2018. Frances Chew, known as Sister Asha, dedicated her life to helping those in need, and proceeds from the sale will benefit charitable causes.
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