Rongde Zhang, Head of Sotheby’s Chinese Classical Paintings Department in New York, said: “Throughout our sale we saw collectors go to great lengths to pursue the rarest pieces, often sending prices far in excess of the high estimate. There was tremendous pre-sale interest in the album of poetry by Wang Shouren but the $2 million price was still a wonderful surprise.”
Following two highly successful auctions in 2013, the Classical Chinese Paintings department in New York continues to offer high quality works of Chinese painting and calligraphy to discerning collectors. The March 2014 sale includes a wide range of works, in a variety of styles, dating from the 14th through 20th centuries. The Ming to Qing transition period is well represented, with paintings by Zhu Da (Bada Shanren), Shi Tao (Yuanji), and Chen Hongshou (Laolian). The sale is particularly strong in calligraphy and includes representative examples by Wang Duo, Zhu Yunming, Zhang Bi, Wen Zhengming and Dong Qichang, as well as many mid-late Qing dynasty calligraphy couplets. Several important works by 20th century masters, such as Zhang Daqian and Qi Baishi will round out the offerings.
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