Asia Week | Fall 2023
19–26 September 2023 | New York

This September, Sotheby’s is privileged to present an extraordinary and diverse range of Asian Art collections. Leading this week is the Dharma and Tantra auction, a carefully curated auction of sculptures, paintings and ritual works of art that encapsulate the development and diffusion of Buddhist art in Asia. Highlights of the sale include a group of seven masterpieces of Tibetan art from the Nyingjei Lam Collection, sold to raise funds to support medical and educational projects throughout Asia, and a magnificent Yuan dynasty gilt-copper alloy figure of Hevajra and Nairatmya.

The Everything is Transient. An Important White-Glazed Korean Moon Jar sale this season presents a superb white-glazed Korean moon jar of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), from the late 17th to the early 18th centuries. Exceptionally well-preserved and measuring 45.2 cm high, this captivating vessel ranks among the largest moon jars known in private and museum collections.

Immediately following the sale is the Vestiges of Ancient China auction, offering over 60 lots exploring China’s antiquity through a selection of bronzes, jades and sculptures from the earliest Neolithic Cultures to the Tang dynasty (618-907). The sale is led by an exceptionally rare marble frog from the Shang dynasty, a selection of archaic jades from a distinguished private collection, and a pair of inscribed Western Zhou bronze gui from an important European private collection.

This season’s Important Chinese Art auction will feature an impressive array of porcelains, early ceramics, textiles and jades from important private collections. Leading this sale is an exceptionally fine and impressive large Qianlong mark and period blue and white 'floral' moonflask and three imperial jade seals, two of which were commissioned for the Qianlong Emperor. The sale also features a selection of important ceramics and works of art from the Barbara and Lester Levy Collection, amassed with an emphasis on works produced for the court of the Dowager Empress Cixi (1835-1908), as well as an important collection of textiles.

Closing the week are three online auctions: a single-owner SUBLIME BEAUTY: Korean Ceramics from a Private Collection Part II, comprising a selection of 28 exceptional Korean ceramics from the Goryeo and Joseon dynasties; CHINA / 5000 YEARS, comprises a diverse selection of over 200 pieces of Ming and Qing porcelains, jades, early ceramics, furniture, and more. Highlights include a group of a selection of ceramics and works of art acquired by Barbara and Lester Levy and a group of Kangxi porcelains from a New York Private Collection; and A Friend of China: the Papers of Evans Carlson Assembled at Yan’an, which includes an extremely rare hand-written letter by Mao Zedong and a signed photograph of the leader.

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Exhibition & Event Information

Asia Week exhibitions open on 14 September at 10:00AM with the final sale exhibitions closing on 19 September at 5:00PM.

Asia Week Lectures

Asia Week Lectures

Sunday 17 September 2023

Fragmented, Repurposed, Prized: Three Ways to Think About Chinese Textiles | 12:00 PM EST
John E. Vollmer, President of Vollmer Cultural Consultants Inc.

Black Ground Painting & Connoisseur Sculpture: A Refreshing Introduction | 1:00 PM EST
Jeff Watt, Director and Chief Curator at Himalayan Art Resources


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