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.
Sotheby’s Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art and Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art departments are delighted to announce our upcoming auction, Images of Enlightenment: Devotional Works of Art and Paintings, to be held on September 16th 2015. This sale will feature a curated selection of Buddhist and Daoist art from Nepal, Tibet, Kashmir, Mongolia and China, drawn largely from private collections and American art institutions.
Highlights include a 15th Century Tibetan bronze figure of a Nagaraja in the Densatil style; an 18th Century silk embroidered thangka depicting Chakrasamvara and consort; an Eastern Wei dynasty limestone figure of a standing Buddha, a Tang dynasty stone head of a Bodhisattva; and a Ming dynasty large and finely-cast gilt-lacquered bronze figure of Zhenwu. Also on offer will be an elegant group of Himalayan and Sino-Tibetan gilt-bronze sculpture and ritual objects; early stone sculpture; and a fine collection of Tibetan thangka paintings sold to benefit the Parrish Art Museum in Watermill, New York.