Asia Week | Fall 2022
15–27 September, New York | 9月15–27日 • 紐約

This September, Sotheby’s is privileged to present extraordinary collections of rare and exceptional Chinese archaic bronzes, Buddhist sculptures and thangkas, jades, porcelain as well as an important single-owner collection of Korean ceramics in five remarkable live and online auctions.

Leading the week is POWER / CONQUEST: The Forging of Empires, a landmark auction of exceptional archaic bronze vessels and weapons. This sale of 30 lots will explore the themes of kings, regional power, clan warfare and territorial control during China’s Bronze Age, as told by a group of archaic bronze vessels bearing important historical inscriptions.

Following is Dharma & Tantra, a carefully curated auction of 41 sculptures, paintings and ritual works of art that encapsulate the development and diffusion of Buddhist art in Asia. The journey originates in the ancient region of Gandhara, progressing through Pala India, Kashmir, Nepal and Tibet, traversing the Silk Road from the Tang empire to the Silla kingdom, and finally culminating in the Imperial palaces of Ming and Qing dynasty China.

Our signature live auction Important Chinese Art will feature exceptional Chinese porcelains, early ceramics, jades, and other works of art from distinguished private collections. Leading the sale will be a superb and rare turquoise-ground famille-rose and gilt-decorated vase, seal mark and period of Qianlong. Other highlights include a group of remarkable Ming dynasty blue and white porcelains from the collection of Albert Y.P. and Sara K.S. Lee, an extremely rare ‘Guan’ hexafoil tripod censer, a superbly carved Qianlong period white jade ‘dragon’ vase, a rare and important Liao dynasty gilt-silver filigree 'phoenix' crown, a selection of Chinese paintings from the collection of Chou Wen-Chung, and more Ming and Qing porcelains as well as early ceramics from Japanese private collections.

We are also delighted to present a single-owner online auction SUBLIME BEAUTY: Korean Ceramics from a Private Collection, comprising over 20 elegant Korean ceramics of superb craftsmanship. This is the first sale in this category in recent years.

Closing the sale week is the CHINA / 5000 YEARS online auction, which comprises a diverse selection of over 200 pieces of Qing porcelains, jades, early ceramics, bronzes, furniture, and other Asian works of art. Highlights include a group of jades from the Estate of Doris Ley, a large blue and white ‘lotus’ vase from the Collection of Victor Shaw, and Chinese furniture from the Collection of Loyd and Linda Crawley.

Concurrent with our Asia Week exhibitions is a special preview of HOTUNG | 何東 The Personal Collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung, a four-part sale series taking place in Hong Kong and London later this year. The preview will feature a superb selection of Chinese works of art and Impressionist paintings from this esteemed collection.

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