New York – 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 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.
For countless music fans, Jeff Chang is an inimitable idol. His songs are classics, his melodies art. His songs capture all facets of life evoking endless nostalgia for listeners. In the world of art, Jeff is not only an artist himself, but also a collector with impeccable taste. The works in his collection are sourced from his life, and focus on the people, issues and objects that he passionately loves. On the eve of Sotheby’s Asia Week New York, we invited Jeff to chat with us about his experiences as a collector, his favorite works of Asian art, and get some of his sincere words of advice to new collectors.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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