Sotheby’s Fine Classical Chinese Paintings Department offers high quality works of Chinese painting and calligraphy, encompassing a variety of styles from the 12th through 19th centuries. These fine works emphasize the importance of classical artistic styles, underlining the connection between poetry, calligraphy, painting and the artist’s seal.
The expertise of our specialists is widely recognized throughout the globe, and therefore our team has been entrusted with the sale of many rare and important works.
Classical Chinese Paintings auctions are held every year in New York during March and September and in Hong Kong during April and October. The 2016 Fine Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy auctions in New York brought over $60 million in sales, close to double its high estimate. Since the debut of Fine Classical Chinese Paintings in Hong Kong in 2015, they have witnessed similar milestones with sale results. In 2016, results exceed high estimates by over 150%.