"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 Chinese Works of Art Department in New York will be holding a two-session, two day sale of approximately 300 lots. Building on the success of previous sales, we continue to offer property from private collections that have not been seen on the market for many years. This season’s offerings include a Magnificent and Storied Blue and White ‘Grape’ dish, Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period, c. 1420; A Rare and Important Blue and White ‘Dragon’ Bowl, Xuande Mark and Period, formerly in the collection of General Haughton; A Huanghuali Recessed-Leg Table, 16th / 17th Century, A Huanghuali Yokeback Armchair, 17th Century; and a set of Four Famille-Rose ‘Eight Immortals’ Panels by Wang Qi, Dated Gengwu Year corresponding to 1930.
The sale also includes Song, Ming and Qing ceramics, a good selection of Buddhist bronzes, cloisonné, Qing jades from the Collection of Lolo Sarnoff, Dehua figures and scholars’ objects. Once again all categories of Chinese art are well-represented in this sale to be held on 17th and 18th March. This sale will be held in conjunction with four other sales, a single session sale of scholar’s objects, Inscriptions: History as Art, Sakamoto Gorō: Ceramics, a collection of Song Ceramics from a private collection, and a new addition to the calendar: ‘Saturday at Sotheby’s: Chinese Art’, which includes approximately 300 lots of Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Paintings.