Auction Results "Sotheby's Asia Week series of auctions in New York have been a triumph across all areas." Commented Henry Howard-Sneyd, Vice Chairman, Asian Art at Sotheby's, "The $14 million Ming Dynasty Buddhist Sutra led the week of auctions achieving the top price of any sale at any auction house. Now established as a major event on the art world calendar, Asia Week draws collectors from around the world at the highest level, with the result that we have seen outstanding prices for more than 3,000 years of Asian Art."
This latest group to be offered from the illustrious collection of Sakamoto Gorō focuses on ceramics. Forms of varying type, from several kiln sites and ranging in age from the 3rd century BC to the 19th century AD are represented providing somewhat of a survey of ceramics produced in China over the centuries. Highlights include another superlative example from the Sakamoto collection of Song dynasty Ding ware; a six-lobed bowl with exquisitely incised peonies, covered in a luminous ivory glaze, and an iconic Yuan dynasty blue and white ‘guan’ jar from Jingdezhen, boldly painted in intense tones of underglaze blue with a band of classic scrolling peony blooms. The sale will also include several examples of Liao dynasty ‘Sancai’ pottery, northern white wares, lustrous ‘Qingbai wares, ‘Longquan’ celadons, vibrant ‘Wucai’ wares and handsome Qing dynasty iterations of the famed Southern Song dynasty ‘Guan’ wares.