"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 season, Sotheby’s is delighted to present a group of Song ceramics and its antecedents from the Yang De Tang Collection. The collection comprises 60 pieces spanning a full spectrum of forms, glazes and techniques, and pieces from major kiln sites are represented in this comprehensive group. Highlights include a celadon 'grain' jar and cover, Five Dynasties / Northern Song Dynasty; a rare black-glazed russet-splashed 'medallion' vase, Song Dynasty; a ‘Dengfeng’ carved pillow, Northern Song Dynasty, and a ‘Yue’ ‘duck and lotus’ box and cover, Northern Song Dynasty. The sale will also include good examples of ‘Changsha’ and ‘Qingbai’ wares, as well as ‘Longquan’ celadons.