Sotheby’s Fall 2016 Asia Week brings together over 1,000 works of art representing more than 4,000 years of history. The season will begin with a single-owner sale of early Chinese art from the famed collection of legendary dealer, collector and connoisseur Sakamoto Gorō, led by an extraordinary Tang dynasty sancai-glazed ewer and a rare Shang Dynasty bronze owl-form ritual vessel. A sale of Important Chinese Art will present Song ceramics from important Private Asian collections, imperial Ming and Qing dynasty porcelain, early Buddhist sculpture, and private collections of Blanc de Chine porcelain, scholar’s objects and snuff bottles.
Monochrome white glazed ceramics have long held the attention of Chinese ceramics enthusiasts. During the Sui and Tang dynasties, white porcellaneous wares were a precursor to further developments in this aesthetic. At the Jingdezhen kilns, qingbai wares were made in the Five Dynasties period, followed by the Yuan dynasty’s shufu wares, then tianbai in the Ming dynasty. The Dehua kilns were in operation from the Song dynasty, and the dense, hard clay bodies that were produced there lent themselves well to the monochromatic tradition – by the 16th century, Dehua works were considered among the superior white wares.
A look inside the unique lifestyle of one of the world’s most extraordinary and passionate collectors. Robert de Balkany surrounded himself with works of art from the outstanding artists of their time, putting together one of the most important collections of decorative arts and Old Master Paintings ever to appear at auction in France.
Hungarian-born French tycoon Robert de Balkany made his fortune by introducing American-style shopping centres to France and lived life to the full with a passion for yachting and polo. He also spent more than 50 years as an enthusiastic collector who filled his Paris town house with English and Italian paintings, furniture and silver of royal provenance. Ahead of a September sale featuring 800 works of art from his collection, we take a look at some of the works in the splendour of his former home, the Hôtel de Feuquières at Rue de Varenne, Paris. Click ahead to see a selection of the highlights. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
Hong Kong – 2016 has been a remarkable year for Sotheby’s Hong Kong, with a 22% increase in sale totals over the same period last year. Bidders throughout Asia and around the world competed vigorously for works entrusted to Sotheby’s for sale, driving exceptional results across collecting categories. This season’s success was driven by notable collections and themed sales from collectors around the globe, curated by our team of talented specialists. These special sales not only added an air of anticipation and excitement to the season, but also produced superior results.
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