Henry Howard-Sneyd, Sotheby’s Vice Chairman, Asian Art and the lead auctioneer, commented: “For the fourth consecutive year Sotheby’s 2014 Asian Art auctions in New York have broken the $100 million barrier for the year. With a series of five sales including a blockbuster Classical Chinese Paintings auction, we once again demonstrated Sotheby’s market leadership in this field. Our long-standing relationships meant we were able to source property from many of the most world’s most distinguished private groupings, and collectors flocked to New York from across Asia to compete with an international clientele for property spanning 3,000 years of Asian Art.”
In Japan, perhaps guided by the spare and elegant aesthetics of Zen Buddhism, a powerful force in 12th Century, and led by the culturally important tea masters of later periods, the ceramic wares of Song Dynasty China have long been deeply admired and held up as the example to emulate. This reverence is reflected in the extreme care taken in the handling, display and storage of these quiet, but powerfully absorbing works of art. Many such pieces have survived in use for over 800 years, kept wrapped in silk within specially made wooden boxes tied with a particularly effective form of ribbon. Often the most valued have a second box. To admire such pieces required a connoisseur to focus entirely on the occasion, and sessions to view great pieces would be held amidst tightly observed ritual and the deepest of respect for knowledge, the knowledgeable and most of all for the piece itself. Song ceramics were, and still are, treated with the utmost reverence and regarded as the highest form of ceramic art in the world.
Exhibition in New York
Fri, 12 Sep 14 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM EDT
Sat, 13 Sep 14 | 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM EDT
Sun, 14 Sep 14 | 10:00 PM - 05:00 PM EDT
Mon, 15 Sep 14 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM EDT
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