New York –In conjunction with Asia Week New York, the annual citywide celebration of Asian art and culture, Sotheby’s is pleased to present at auction a diverse array of Asian works of art dating from the Neolithic period to the present day. Leading the Chinese art sales is a highly select group of extraordinary Ming porcelain in Ming: The Intervention of Imperial Taste, while Important Chinese Art features over 250 lots that represent all major collecting categories in the field. Following the spectacular success of previous auctions, the Fine Classical Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy sale brings together a strong selection of works sourced from around the world, including a captivating album by Bada Shanren. Highlights from Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from the Cleveland Museum of Art include a curated selection of Tibetan and Himalayan bronzes and thangkas, fine Indian miniature paintings, and classical Indian stone and bronze sculpture from the Cleveland Museum of Art Collections. Charting the development of art practice in the Indian subcontinent from the early 20th century to present day, Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art showcases a wide range of fresh to the market artworks by leading Indian modernists. Complementing these two auctions is A Lyrical Line: Paintings and Drawings by Francis Newton Souza, an online auction of works by renowned South Asian modern artist F. N. Souza. The week will conclude with Saturday at Sotheby’s: Asian Art, comprising a range of collectible and decorative Asian Art at various price points. Also ongoing during Asia Week is Sotheby’s yearly selling exhibition of Chinese contemporary ink art, Different Paths: Explorations in Ink. Click on the image below to preview the highlights offered this March in New York.
2016 proved to be a seminal year as Sotheby’s continues to lead the Asian art market. From the Contemporary Art curated by the world-renowned pop icon T.O.P, to record-breaking imperial works of art, exceptional results have been achieved in our salerooms across the globe, demonstrating Asia’s resistance to the ebbs and flows of the art market. Before ringing in the New Year, we would like to share with you the many highlights of the notable 2016 with a focus on the Asian market. Click through to review the 14 brightest moments that made this year remarkable. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW.
Achieving more than $104.8 million, Sotheby’s 2016 Chinese art auctions in New York featured many extraordinary lots, often selling for more than five times their estimates. Watch the video to view 2016’s most impressive highlights, including two 100%-sold auctions, and discover why now is an ideal time to consign your Chinese paintings and works of art to Sotheby's. For a complimentary valuation of your artwork, simply email photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sourced from around the world, Classical Chinese Paintings that are both rare to market and outstanding in quality abound during Asia Week. Important classical pieces like an album by Zhang Ruitu that contains portraits of the Eighteen Arhats paired with Tang dynasty poems are joined by modern paintings and calligraphy such as Fu Baishi’s hanging scroll landscape Appreciating the Waterfall. Superb works from The Roy and Marilyn Papp Collection of Chinese Paintings, numbering more than 120 lots offered, reflect over two decades of visionary collecting. Click ahead to see just a few of the highlights of Classical Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy that will come to auction during Asia Week. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
There was a point in history before printing when calligraphy played a huge role in daily communication. A handwritten letter not only could touch people in a memorable way but was also the primary method for business and administrative correspondence. In the modern digital age, the typed-and-printed page has succeeded good calligraphy as the new rule of etiquette. Calligraphy nevertheless continues to thrive as an art that informs the eye of designers and connoisseurs. A good page of Chinese calligraphy is not hard to learn to recognise. A few elements of style can be clarified with examples found in our upcoming 15 September auction.
NEW YORK – Accumulated over two decades with singular vision, the Papp Collection brings together a great variety of subject matters and an array of outstanding artworks that share an enduring appeal, transcending cultures and ages. The star lot of the collection is a highly important oversized handscroll by the acclaimed landscapist Wang Hui. The Papp Collection is united by a set of six principles established by the 6th century artist and critic Xie He. Artworks were selected for their vital spirit, brushstroke integrity, proper representation of objects, well-executed coloration, thoughtful composition and transmission of traditional techniques and sentiments. As a whole, this distinguished collection demonstrates a feat of strength in western connoisseurship, weaving together a fascinating contemporary interpretation of Xie He’s principles. 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.
Fine Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy
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