Results: Sotheby's Asia Week achieved $52.4 million in six strong auctions, exceeding pre-sale estimates. With 76.5% of lots sold and 60.3% of lots surpassing high estimates, the Asian art sales at Sotheby's indicate continued collector interest in the finest works of art from China, India and and the Himalayas. Now is the time to consign to Sotheby’s next Asia Week auctions, which take place in September 2017. Consigning is easy: simply email images and a description of your artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auction Details: This March’s Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art sale features a spectacular array of works sourced largely from European and North American private collections with most having never been on the market or seen in a generation. Amongst them are museum quality masterpieces by Maqbool Fida Husain, Sayed Haider Raza and Ganesh Pyne that were in the groundbreaking collection of Chester and Davida Herwitz. Other iconic works included are from Jehangir Sabavala, KK Hebbar and an early Satish Gujral painting heavily influenced from the latter’s stint in Mexico.
The sale begins with a group of 19th century art pre-Modernist painting punctuated by Horace van Ruith’s Brahmin Procession and Raja Ravi Varma’s ethereal depiction of Damayanti pining in the moonlight for her lover. The Raja Ravi Varma once belonged to Fritz Schleicher, his German printer who set up his renowned press in Lonavala. The imagery is repeated in his most iconic oleographs and is but one of a rare body of his work that is outside of India and available internationally.
Contemporary masterworks include a large panel of swirling bindis by Bharti Kher inspired by Van Gogh’s The Starry Night and someoutstanding Pakistani miniatures by Shahzia Sikander and WaseemAhmed. The March auction has much to offer for collectors with each work carefully chosen and interspersed with gems throughout thecatalogue.
Complementing this auction is A Lyrical Line: Paintings and Drawings by Francis Newton Souza, an online sale that brings together a dizzyingselection of drawings, sketches, works on paper and canvases by thelegendary South Asian modernist. The works featured in the salecover five decades of the artist’s career, from the 1940s through the1990s, and display the breadth of his creative genius. This curated offering is the department’s first foray into the online space and issure to appeal to all tastes and wallets.
Raja Ravi Varma (1848 -1906) Untitled (Damayanti) Estimate: 500,000–700,000 USD