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An Exceptionally Rare And Large Gilt-Lacquered Bronze Figure Of Budai Date Jiajing 4th Year, Corresponding To 1525 | Courtesy of Sotheby's New York
An Exceptionally Rare And Large Gilt-Lacquered Bronze Figure Of Budai Date Jiajing 4th Year, Corresponding To 1525 | Courtesy of Sotheby's New York
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Major Auction Houses Prepare for Respective Asian Art Sales

Picture of Rachel Gould
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 29 August 2017

Next month, premier auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s will hold respective sales spotlighting Asian art in New York City.

Asia Week at Sotheby’s New York kicks off with Important Chinese Art before Fine Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy, followed by Saturday at Sotheby’s: Asian Art. The artworks will be publicly exhibited on September 8th before going to auction on the 13th, 14th, and 16th of the month.

A Finely-Carved Spinach-Green Jade 'Daoist' Table Screen Qing Dynasty, 18th Century | Courtesy of Sotheby's

A Finely-Carved Spinach-Green Jade ‘Daoist’ Table Screen Qing Dynasty, 18th Century | Courtesy of Sotheby’s New York

“Featuring a variety of exceptional Chinese ceramics and works of art dating from the Neolithic to Republic periods, Important Chinese Art presents over 250 lots spanning more than 4,000 years of history,” Sotheby’s explains on their website.

Among the first auction’s highlights are rare artworks including: a Northern Song “Ding” carved “peony” vase, a dated Jiajing period gilt-lacquered bronze figure of Budai, and a collection of carved jades from the Song to Qing dynasties.

Magnificent View Of The Pearl River Off Honam Island (detail), Canton Qing Dynasty, Circa 1840 | Courtesy of Sotheby's New York

Magnificent View Of The Pearl River Off Honam Island, Canton Qing Dynasty, Circa 1840 | Courtesy of Sotheby’s New York

Fine Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy (on view from September 8th through 13th, going to auction on September 14th), “offers an outstanding group of over 200 hanging scrolls, hand scrolls, fan leaves and albums with impeccable provenance, sourced from private collections worldwide,” according to Sotheby’s. Lots include both historic and modern artworks.

Sotheby’s fall 2017 edition of Asia Week will culminate in Saturday at Sotheby’s, where Ming and Qing porcelain, jade figurines, Buddhist sculptures, hardwood furniture, textiles, and paintings will go to auction.

“With attractive estimates ranging from $100 to $50,000, there is something for both the novice art enthusiast and the seasoned collector,” Sotheby’s notes.

Ding Yunpeng (1547-1628)/Sheng Maoye ( active 1607-1638) Luohans Pair of hanging scrolls | © Christie’s Images Limited 2017

Ding Yunpeng (1547-1628)/Sheng Maoye ( active 1607-1638) Luohans hanging scroll | © Christie’s Images Limited 2017

From September 12th through 15th (with public viewings also beginning on September 8th), Christie’s New York will simultaneously “present an exciting series of sales and events at [their] Rockefeller Plaza galleries” as part of their fall 2017 edition of Asian Art Week.

According to Christie’s website, “seven distinct auctions will […] highlight the importance of provenance and offer works of the highest quality from a region with an extraordinarily diverse and varied art history.”

A carved Longquan celadon ewer. Early Ming dynasty, late 14th/early 15th-century | © Christie's Images Limited

A carved Longquan celadon ewer. Early Ming dynasty, late 14th/early 15th-century | © Christie’s Images Limited

Christie’s Asian art-themed week will launch with Fine Chinese Paintings on September 12th, featuring Ming dynasty artworks, a painting and calligraphy by Emperor Qianlong, and more. For those with current tastes, South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art will be held on September 13th.

Christie’s Asian Art Week will also feature the Ruth and Carl Barron collection of fine Chinese snuff bottles, as well as a “tightly curated” sale of Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian artworks and early Buddhist art from Japanese collections.

An extremely rare 'Famille Rose' porcelain snuff bottle. Jingdezhen Kilns, Decoration Guangzhou, 1780-1850 | © Christie's Images Limited

An extremely rare ‘Famille Rose’ porcelain snuff bottle. Jingdezhen Kilns, Decoration Guangzhou, 1780-1850 | © Christie’s Images Limited

Sotheby’s September 2017 Asia Week will go on view September 8th at 1334 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021.

Christie’s September 2017 Asian Art Week will go on view September 8th at 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020.