This March, Sotheby’s is privileged to present a diverse assemblage of rare and exceptional Chinese archaic bronzes, jades, ceramics, and porcelain as well as an extraordinary collection of Modern & Contemporary South Asian art in our four remarkable live and online auctions.
Leading the sales is A Journey Through China's History. The Dr Wou Kiuan Collection Part 1, which features more than 140 lots from the Dr Wou Kiuan Collection. This distinguished encyclopedic collection celebrates over 4,000 years of Chinese culture and art history and ranges from Neolithic utilitarian vessels to paintings, calligraphy, imperial jades and porcelain, and more. The New York auction will be the first of a series of four single-owner sales to be held globally and represent the finest examples of virtually every category of Chinese art.
The Important Chinese Art sale this season will be led by the Guo Ji Shi Zi Zu Hu from the late Western Zhou dynasty, a rare Xuande mark and period blue and white ‘dragon’ ‘dice’ bowl, and an unique hand-painted daguerreotype of Prince Sengge Linqin by Lai Chong dated to 1853, the earliest known dated photograph by a Chinese photographer. Other highlights include a group of remarkable jades and porcelains deaccessioned by the Speed Art museum and a selection of important archaic bronzes from the Maclean Collection.
This season’s Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art sale include important works from South Asia across the late-nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries and the collection of works in the sale is testament to the diverse, idiosyncratic and extraordinary corpus of art from this region. Over 70 artists are represented, including some of the biggest names in the field, along with lesser-known artists who are more recently, and in some cases yet to, receive their due recognition. Highlights include works by Francis Newton Souza, Bhupen Khakhar, Manjit Bawa, Maqbool Fida Husain, Zarina and Meera Mukherjee.
The sale week will conclude with CHINA / 5000 YEARS, a global rebranding of online sales for Chinese Works of Art. This season comprises of a selection of over 180 ceramics, bronzes, jades and other works of art. Highlights include a remarkable collection of snuff bottles from an East Coast private collection, a group of ceramics and works of art deaccessioned by the Speed Art Museum and a selection of pottery and porcelains amassed by a New York private collector through acquisitions from major Chinese art dealers.