This department offers great masterpieces of Chinese art for auction. Sales include a wide range of works such as ceramics, jades, furniture, bronzes, sculptures, paintings and clocks from the Neolithic period to the Qing dynasties.
Sotheby’s international team has cultivated strong relationships with the key collectors in the field, as evidenced by the number of important private collections that have been entrusted to them for sale, amongst them the Meiyintang Collection, Property from J.T. Tai and Co., the Collection of Carl Kempe and the Estate of Emile Guimet. Recent successes include the extraordinary prices of $36 million for an exceptionally important doucai 'chicken cup', $15.8 million for a massive Imperial white jade "Xintian Zhuren" seal, the record-breaking $22-million for an outstanding blue and white vase with fruit sprays and $26.6 million for an outstanding Ru guanyao lobed brush washer, which set the world auction record for Song ceramics.
Sotheby's Chinese Works of Art Department holds two auctions each year in London, New York, Hong Kong and Paris.