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.
Details: MONOCHROME is an innovative concept sale which will be held in New York on 15September 2015. Whether formed by nature or produced by man, the subtle tonalities of monochromatic art have long been celebrated within traditional Chinese aesthetics and have since inspired generations of international artists, collectors and aesthetes.
MONOCHROME will feature both traditional and modern Chinese works united in their shared aesthetic of clean lines and subtle variations in color. The sale will focus on the purity of color and silhouette in Chinese art and will represent works produced in various media, spanning China’s dynastic history through to the present day. Traditional monochrome wares, encompassing tea ceremony ceramics from the Song dynasty and classic huanghuali furniture, will be juxtaposed with monochromatic ink paintings and contemporary ceramics by 20th century artists to present a unified vision of simplicity and elegance.