Chinese Paintings – Classical


Sotheby’s Fine Classical Chinese Paintings Department offers high quality works of Chinese painting and calligraphy, encompassing a variety of styles from the 12th through 19th centuries. These fine works emphasize the importance of classical artistic styles, underlining the connection between poetry, calligraphy, painting and the artist’s seal.

The expertise of our specialists is widely recognized throughout the globe, and therefore our team has been entrusted with the sale of many rare and important works.

Classical Chinese Paintings auctions are held every year in New York during March and September and in Hong Kong during April and October. The 2016 Fine Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy auctions in New York brought over $60 million in sales, close to double its high estimate. Since the debut of Fine Classical Chinese Paintings in Hong Kong in 2015, they have witnessed similar milestones with sale results. In 2016, results exceed high estimates by over 150%.

Read Less
Read More


If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Chinese Paintings – Classical sales, please click here.

Contact Us

+1 212 894 1177
+852 2822 9013

Featured Stories & Videos

Stay informed with Sotheby’s top stories, videos & news.
Receive the best from Sotheby’s delivered to your inbox.

By subscribing you are agreeing to Sotheby’s Privacy Policy. You can unsubscribe from Sotheby’s emails at any time by clicking the “Manage your Subscriptions” link in any of your emails.


We use our own and third party cookies to enable you to navigate around our Site, use its features and engage on social media, and to allow us to perform analytics, remember your preferences, provide services that you have requested and produce content and advertisements tailored to your interests, both on our Site as well as others. For more information, or to learn how to change your cookie or marketing preferences, please see our updated Privacy Policy & Cookie Policy.