Asia Week New York, the annual city-wide celebration of Asian art, will take place in two months. In conjunction with the event, Sotheby’s releases a schedule of sales and events prepared for the coming Spring Auction 2018. It will present a diverse array of Chinese, Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian works of art and paintings dating from the Neolithic period to the present day. For those who have long awaited for the exciting week, here is a preview for your reference. Make sure to put them down on your calendar!
MING: Luminous Dawn of Empire｜2018/3/20｜10am
It is the second installment of Sotheby’s MING sale series following the success of its first thematic auction of Ming dynasty porcelain last spring. It comprises the finest ceramics and works of art from Imperial workshops of the 15th century, including a Xuande mark and period cloisonné enamel box and cover, a Chenghua period blue and white ‘lotus bud’ vase and a Yongle mark and period gilt-bronze figure of Manjushri.
Jingyatang: Treasures of Chinese Buddhist Sculpture｜2018/3/20｜10:30am
Four masterpieces of early Chinese Buddhist sculpture from an esteemed Asian private collection will be offered at this dedicated sale. The stone sculptures collectively reveal the esoteric nature of Buddhist worship and exemplify the mastery and technical heights that sculptors reached in these periods. Detailed information on lots offered is not yet revealed online.
KANGXI: The Jie Rui Tang Collection｜2018/3/20｜11am
Fans of Chinese ceramics produced in Kangxi period are in for a treat. The sale will offer 91 lots of Kangxi era ceramics from the Jie Rui Tang collection, one of the finest, most comprehensive assemblages of Kangxi porcelain in private hands, including docai, blue and white and famille-verte works of art.
Inspired: Chinese Art from the Collection of Gerson and Judith Leiber｜2018/3/20｜2pm
Gerson and Judith Leiber amassed a collection of Chinese works of art over the course of their lifetime. Spanning almost 2,000 years of China’s artistic heritage and acquired mainly through prominent European and American dealers, the collection embodies a classic taste often found in traditional Western collections of Chinese art. The star lot of the sale definitely falls to a large pair of Qianlong period famille-rose soldier vases and covers, formerly in the renowned collection of Fonthill House.
Important Chinese Art｜2018/3/21｜10am
Important Chinese Art presents over 250 lots of Chinese works of art dating from the Neolithic to Republic periods, representing all major collecting categories. Featured on the cover is a photo of a Shang dynasty bronze ritual wine vessel and cover (you), probably the leading lot of the sale. So far, no information is available online on lots offered.
The Richard R. & Magdalena Ernst Collection of Himalayan Art｜2018/3/22｜10am
There will be three sales of Buddhist works of art for the coming New York spring auction. As mentioned, the first one features four Chinese Buddhist sculptures from the collection of Jingyatang. This sale focuses more on Himalayan Art, selecting more than one hundred paintings spanning the twelfth - eighteenth century from the Richard and Magdalena Ernst collection.
Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art｜2018/3/22｜2pm
Left to right: Nairatmya, Yamantaka Vajrabhairava, Shakyamuni
Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art has always been an important occasion selling Buddhist works of art. Sotheby’s has released official photos of three sets of Tibetan gilt-bronze Buddhist sculptures — a 27-cm tall figure of Nairatmya from circa 14th century is estimated at US$$80,000 - 120,000; a 34-cm tall figure of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava from circa 17th - 18th century is estimated at US$60,000 - 80,000; and a figure of Shakyamuni from circa 15th century is also estimated at US$60,000 - 80,000.
The Chew Family Collection of Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy｜2018/3/22｜5pm
The sale will showcase the seventy-plus works from Chew Family Collection of Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy, including works by acclaimed modern masters such as Xu Beihong, Wu Changshuo, Qi Baishi, and Pu Ru, as well as are a number of fine and unusual works by celebrated modern ink painter Zhang Daqian.
Fine Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy｜2018/3/23｜10am
No information is available online on lots offered. The Value will keep you all posted on more updates on the sale.
Saturday at Sotheby’s: Asian Art｜2018/3/24｜10am
The sale will offer a diverse array of objects including ceramics, gilt-bronzes, screens, furniture, thangkas, paintings, and calligraphy but price are set at attractive estimates ranging from US$200 - $50,000. There is sure to be something for everyone, including the novice enthusiast, the lifestyle collector, and the seasoned connoisseur.