Fall 2015 Asia Week Results: Sotheby’s concludes a successful fall Asia Week, achieving $27.4 million across five sales. This sales series featured numerous exceptional highlights, including a recently discovered 18th century silk embroidered Thangka (Estimate: $80,000-100,000) which sold for $1.5 million, as well as a Qianlong Period Imperial Bronze Ritual Bell (Estimate: $1,000,000-1,500,000) which achieved $1.2 million. An outstanding work of calligraphy, Classic of Filial Piety in Regular Script, by Huang Daozhou (Estimate: $100,000-150,000) also performed exceptionally well, achieving $490,000.
Twice every year, Sotheby's auction of Fine Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy in New York brings forth impressive offerings from around the world. This September, calligraphy highlights include album of Classic of Filial Piety in Regular Script by Huang Daozhou, and set of four hanging scrolls of Poems in Running Script by Emperor Qianlong. Classical paintings are led by Inspecting Food for The Emperor by Yuan Jiang, as well as Pine Tree and Rock by Huang Daozhou. Modern masterpieces encompass Scholar Under Pine Tree by Zhang Daqian, album of Poems in Running script by Wu Changshuo, and Landscape by Huang Binhong. Most of these works are kept for generations in private collections in North America and Asia, and therefore never appeared in the market before.