The two-day auction of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art concluded by bringing a total of $22,711,064, surpassing the high estimate and with 78% of lots sold. Along with yesterday’s sale of Magnificent Ritual Bronzes – Property from the Collection of Julius Eberhardt, which brought $16,786,000, Sotheby’s has sold $39,497,064 of Chinese Works of Art over the past two days.
Dr. Tao Wang, Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at Sotheby’s New York said: ‘‘We were thrilled to see heated competition from multiple collectors for the pair of Tang Dynasty Horses; the final price of $4.2 million demonstrates that the market once again recognized the importance of the best Tang Sancai. Elsewhere in the sale, we saw strong prices for ceramics, bronzes, and jades with collectors from around the world competing at the highest level to drive the total for this New York sale to nearly $23 million. In addition to the private collectors, I was delighted that the Philadelphia Museum of Art acquired the Wood And Gesso Figure Of Maudgalyayana to add to their wonderful collection of Chinese Art.”
The Chinese Works of Art Department in New York will be holding a two day sale of more than 350 lots. Building on the success of previous sales, we continue to offer property from private collections that has not been seen on the market for many years. This season’s offerings include jade collections from the Estate of William I. Orchard and a Californian Collection, a collection of Song to Ming dynasty ceramics from an Important Far East Collection, and Zitan, Huanghuali and other hardwood furniture from the Collection of Henry Piltz Kramer previously exhibited at the Honolulu Academy of Art.
This sale also includes archaic bronzes, early pottery, a particularly fine pair of Tang horses, Ming and Qing ceramics, Buddhist bronzes, jades, snuff bottles, scholars’ objects and a rare and important pair of compound cabinets and a luohan bed inlaid with dragons. Moreover, we are proud to offer a jade screen with the Qianlong Emperor’s inscription, identifying it with the Hall of the Five Happinesses and Five Generations, the same as the jade seal sold in this room in our March sale. All categories of Chinese art are well-represented in this sale, which promises to be filled with exciting possibilities.
Clients who wish to bid on the below lots should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-606-7414 at least 24 hours prior to the evening of the sale.
Lots - 17, 45, 81, 122, 220, 221, 234, 350, 358