Fall 2015 Asia Week Results: Sotheby’s concludes a successful fall Asia Week, achieving $27.4 million across five sales. This sales series featured numerous exceptional highlights, including a recently discovered 18th century silk embroidered Thangka (Estimate: $80,000-100,000) which sold for $1.5 million, as well as a Qianlong Period Imperial Bronze Ritual Bell (Estimate: $1,000,000-1,500,000) which achieved $1.2 million. An outstanding work of calligraphy, Classic of Filial Piety in Regular Script, by Huang Daozhou (Estimate: $100,000-150,000) also performed exceptionally well, achieving $490,000.
Details: Sotheby’s New York two-day Important Chinese Art auction will include over 200 lots of ceramics and works of art. The offerings in this sale will be led by an important Qianlong period gilt-bronze ‘dragon’ ritual bell, dated to 1743; a pale celadon jade ‘taotie’ censer and cover from The Kitson Collection; and a massive silver-inlaid bronze ‘chilong’ vase, 17th century with a Shisou mark. All categories of Chinese art are well-represented in this sale which also includes Property from the Collection of John F. Lewis, Jr. as well as private collections of Chinese ceramics, jades from The Feng Wen Tang Collection, furniture, scholar objects and other works of art. This sale will be held in conjunction with a single session sale of devotional art, Images of Enlightenment; and a concept sale, Monochrome.
Please note that Session I will be on view from 10:00am – 2:00pm on Tuesday, 15 September and Session II will be on view from 10:00am – 2:00pm on Wednesday, 16 September.