Henry Howard-Sneyd, Sotheby’s Vice Chairman, Asian Art and the lead auctioneer, commented: “For the fourth consecutive year Sotheby’s 2014 Asian Art auctions in New York have broken the $100 million barrier for the year. With a series of five sales including a blockbuster Classical Chinese Paintings auction, we once again demonstrated Sotheby’s market leadership in this field. Our long-standing relationships meant we were able to source property from many of the most world’s most distinguished private groupings, and collectors flocked to New York from across Asia to compete with an international clientele for property spanning 3,000 years of Asian Art.”
After the successful sale in March, Classical Chinese Paintings in New York has once more selected a group of paintings and calligraphy from private collections around the world for the upcoming auctions in September.
Offered in the main sale are calligraphy masterpieces respectively by Wang Shouren, Xie Jin, Wen Zhengming and Ni Yuanlu. These works represent the individual styles of the Ming masters. The cursive-styled calligraphy by Xie Jin is unique in combining calligraphy and painting techniques. Written at the age of eighty-six, Wen Zhengming’s small-character handscroll presents a poem composed by himself in the early years.
Classical paintings include Bamboo and Rock by Zheng Xie, Wait for a Boat in Autumn by Tang Yin, Figures by Chen Hongshou, Portrait of Hanshan by Luo Pin, Autumn Scene by Wu Li, Flowers by Li Fangying and Landscape by Li Shan. Among all paintings, the large work by Zheng Xie is a remarkable piece rare to find in the market. Luo Pin’s work depicts Hanshanzi’s spiritual world, and comes directly from the renowned collector and connoisseur R. H. Ellsworth.
As importantly, there are modern works by Zhang Daqian, Xu Beihong and Qi Baishi. The Landscape after Shixi by Zhang Daqian is formerly in the collection of Zhang Qun, former governor of the Sichuan province in the Republic period. This is one of Zhang’s best works imitating the style of Shixi painted in his middle ages.
Immediately following the main Fine Classical Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy sale, at approximately 5pm on the 18th, there will also be a special auction of eight pieces formerly in the collection of General Zhu Shaoliang and Mrs. Zhu. Perhaps the most important work by Zhang Daqian in this sale is a portrait of Avalokitesvara in the style of murals in the Mogao caves, painted by Zhang during his stay in Dunhuang in the early 1940s. The painting depicts Avalokitesvara holding a crystal plate and a whisk. With rich color and dignified figure, this work absorbs the best quality of the Dunhuang art.
Exhibition in New York
Fri, 12 Sep 14 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM EDT
Sat, 13 Sep 14 | 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM EDT
Sun, 14 Sep 14 | 10:00 PM - 05:00 PM EDT
Mon, 15 Sep 14 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM EDT
Tue, 16 Sep 14 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM EDT
Wed, 17 Sep 14 | 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM EDT