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."
The theme sale ‘Inscriptions’ is the first auction of its kind to offer a wide range of objects that represent the artistic development of Chinese writing and calligraphy. It covers important works of various media and different periods, such as inscribed oracle bones from the Shang dynasty: the earliest surviving Chinese writing; early ritual bronze vessels and mirrors with inscriptions; stone stele with votive texts; ceramics and lacquers with inscriptions, as well as an imperial jade seal made for the Emperor Qianlong. The sale will also include ink rubbings of ancient stele and modern and contemporary calligraphic works inspired by ancient inscriptions. This carefully selected and curated sale will emphasize the historical and artistic significance of Chinese writing, and present each work in a new light of appreciation.