Chinese Paintings – Classical

Asia Week | Fall 2018

Sotheby’s leads the field in 2018 for Asian art in New York. This past March, Sotheby’s New York’s eleven auctions of Asian art totaled $78.3 million, far exceeding its estimate of $50 million. Collectors from Asia, Europe and the Americas bid competitively for over 1,300 works of art spanning more than 3,500 years of history. Zhang Daqian’s Water and Sky Gazing After Rain in Splashed Color brought $6.6 million, the highest price for any Zhang Daqian painting sold outside of Asia and the top lot sold at auction across Asia Week New York. Other highlights include an exceptionally rare and important Xuande mark and period blue and white ewer which soared past its estimate of $600,000–800,000 to sell for $3.1 million, and a rare and large 13th century Tibetan bronze figure of Ekadashamukha Lokeshvara which brought $1.6 million. Click on the links below to learn more about this season’s impressive results.

Click below for a complimentary valuation of your artwork. We are now accepting consignments for Asia Week in September 2018.



Meet with Our Specialists

Given the strength of the market, we cordially invite you to consign with us in our next international sale season. Our specialists are travelling around North America this spring to offer complimentary auction appraisals and meet with collectors, and would be delighted to speak with you about your Chinese art. A full listing of our specialist’s travel schedule is listed below.  

Chinese Paintings

United States
Florida: 26–28 April
Washington D.C.: 30 April
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Early May
Los Angeles, California: 20–23 June
San Francisco, California: 24–27 June
Seattle, Washington: 4–5 July

Toronto, Ontario: Early May
Vancouver, British Columbia: 12–13 May

Chinese Works of Art

United States
Alabama: 21–25 May
Arizona: 11–15 June
Arkansas: 21–25 May
California: 7–11 May
Colorado: 11–15 June
Connecticut: 4–8 June
Delaware: 11–15 June
District of Columbia: 11–15 June
Florida: 14–18 May
Georgia: 21–25 May
Idaho: 11–15 June
Illinois: 7–11 May
Louisiana: 21–25 May
Maine: 4–8 June
Maryland: 11–15 June
Massachusetts: 4–8 June
Michigan: 7–11 May
Mississippi: 21–25 May
Nevada: 11–15 June
New Hampshire: 4–8 June
New Mexico: 11–15 June
Rhode Island: 4–8 June
South Carolina: 21–25 May
Pennsylvania: 11–15 June
Tennessee: 21–25 May
Texas: 4–8 June
Vermont: 4–8 June
Virginia: 11–15 June
Wisconsin: 7–11 May
Wyoming: 11–15 June

British Columbia: 18–22 May
Ontario: 22–25 May
Quebec: 22–25 May

14 Asia Week Results That Topped $1 Million


March 2018 Asia Week Auctions

Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art
19 March
Sale Total: $2,791,500

MING: Luminous Dawn of Empire
20 March
Sale Total: $9,394,500

Jingyatang: Treasures of Chinese Buddhist Sculpture
20 March
Sale Total: $3,033,000

KANGXI: The Jie Rui Tang Collection
20 March
Sale Total: $4,469,000

Inspired: Chinese Art from the Collection of Gerson and Judith Leiber
20 March
Sale Total: $1,304,500

Important Chinese Art
21 March
Sale Total: $15,805,000

The Richard R. and Magdalena Ernst Collection of Himalayan Art
22 March
Sale Total: $5,173,875

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art
22 March
Sale Total: $6,911,250 

The Chew Family Collection of Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy
22 March
Sale Total: $13,281,150

Fine Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy
23 March
Sale Total: $13,454,500

Saturday at Sotheby’s: Asian Art
24 March
Sale Total: $2,734,938

The Great Within: Photographs of India and the British Raj in the 19th century 
14–29 March
Selling exhibition

Luis Chan: The World Comes to Him
15–28 March
Selling exhibition

Please visit our Chinese Works of Art, Classical Chinese Paintings, and Indian & South Asian Modern & Contemporary Art department pages to contact a specialist, or email

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