Highlights of Asia Week

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In conjunction with Asia Week New York, the annual city-wide celebration of Asian Art, Sotheby’s is presented a diverse array of Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian works of art dating from the Neolithic period to the present day. Click through and discover the many highlights offered at our Asia Week sales this March in New York.

A Lyrical Line: Paintings and Drawings by Francis Newton Souza
3–20 March | Online Auction

Different Paths: Explorations in Ink
9–24 March | New York | Selling Exhibition

Ming: The Intervention of Imperial Taste
15 March | New York

Important Chinese Art
15 March | New York

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art including Property from the Cleveland Museum of Art
15 March | New York

Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art
16 March | New York

Fine Classical Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy
16 March | New York

Saturday at Sotheby’s: Asian Art
18 March | New York

Highlights of Asia Week

  • An Exceptionally Rare and Large Blue and White Reserve-Decorated ‘Peony’ Dish, Ming Dynasty, Xuande Mark and Period. Sold for $2,172,500.
    Ming: The Intervention of Imperial Taste|15 March



    Leading the Chinese art auctions was a highly select group of extraordinary Ming porcelain offered in, Ming: The Intervention of Imperial Taste. One of the highlights of the sale was a rare and large Xuande period blue and white reserve-decorated peony dish. With its ambitious design and decoration technique, the dish ranks among the rarest and most celebrated examples of early Ming dynasty porcelain.



     

  • A Pair of Continuous Yokeback Armchairs (Nanguanmaoyi), Ming Dynasty, 17th Century. Sold for $396,500.
    Important Chinese Art|15 March



    Encapsulating the elegance and refinement of Chinese scholarly interiors in the late Ming and Qing dynasties, a wonderful array of classical huanghuali and hardwood furniture was offered in the Important Chinese Art Sale.

  • Zhu Da (Badashanren) Flowers, Birds, Fish and Fruit, Ink on Paper, Album of Twelve Leaves (Select Leaves). Sold for $3,132,500.
    Fine Classical Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy|16 March



    Fine Classical Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy featured a captivating album by Bada Shanren depicting flowers, fruits, birds and fish, created in 1703 during the artist’s twilight years.

  • Wang Jian, Landscape After Old Masters, ink and color on silk, album of ten leaves (select leaves). Sold for $732,500.
    Fine Classical Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy|16 March



    The sale comprised over 150 lots in total with many works coming from private collections to the market for the first time. Other key offerings included two landscape albums by Wang Jian.

  • Xu Beihong 
Lion, 
ink and color on paper, mounted for framing. 
Sold for $828,500.
    Fine Classical Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy|16 March



    Among the modern painting highlights was an outstanding Lion by the celebrated artist Xu Beihong.

  • A Rare Bronze Figure of Buddha Shakyamuni, Tibet, 13th/14th Century. Sold for $432,500.
    Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from the Cleveland Museum of Art|15 March



    The Auction bought together a curated selection of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain devotional, ritual, and decorative works of art.



     

  • A Monumental Gilt-Copper Group of Chakrasamvara and Vajravarahi Nepal, 16th/17th Century. Sold for $112,500.
    Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from the Cleveland Museum of Art|15 March



    Other highlights included Tibetan and Himalayan bronzes and thangkas, classical Indian stone sculpture from the Cleveland Museum of Art, and fine Indian miniature paintings from esteemed private collections.



     

  • Raja Ravi Varma (1848 -1906), Untitled (Damayanti). Sold for $1,692,500.
    Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art|16 March



    Charting the development of art in the Indian subcontinent from the early 20th century to present day, Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art showcased a wide range of fresh to the market artworks by leading Indian modernists. 

  • Horace van Ruith, Untitled (A Brahmin Household). Sold for $384,500.
    Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art|16 March



    Highlights including paintings from 20th century masters such as Raja Ravi Varma, Maqbool Fida Husain and Horace van Ruith.

  • Jehangir Sabavala, The City-II, 1999. Sold for $324,500.
    Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art|16 March



    From the earliest “salon style” paintings to uniquely Indian interpretations of the Modernist cannon by India’s 20th-century master, the sale offers a depth and breadth of subject matter and style.

  • Cai Xiaosong, Waterfall (4 panels) 2015.
    Different Paths: Explorations in Ink|9–24 March



    Also ongoing during Asia Week was Sotheby’s yearly selling exhibition of Chinese contemporary ink, which focused on landscape. Different Paths: Explorations in Ink demonstrates the versatility of the ink medium with compositions that take the classical vocabulary off the beaten path in unique and engaging directions.

  • Zheng Chongbin, Curved Shadow, 2016.
    Different Paths: Explorations in Ink | 9 – 24 March



    Around the world, collectors are increasingly recognizing contemporary ink art as a powerful crossover category that is simultaneously rooted in the classical Chinese painting tradition and reflective of contemporary ideas. 


  • Wucius Wong, Great River No. 22, 2016.
    Different Paths: Explorations in Ink|9–24 March



     

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