New York, 12–15 September 2017

Christie’s New York achieved a combined total of US$43,453,375 / HK$337,862,258 with seven auctions, continuing our leadership in the market. Deep bidding was witnessed from Greater China across all categories, in addition to active participation from 33 countries. Among the many highlights were Luohans — a pair of hanging scrolls by Ding Yunpeng and Sheng Maoye — which sold for US$1,068,500, more than five times the low estimate; a rare and important Korean gilt-bronze standing figure of Buddha from the United Silla period, which realised US$732,500 against its estimate of US$80,000–120,000; a seminal painting by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, which realised US$4,092,500 as the second-highest price ever paid for the artist; a 13th/14th century Nepalese gilt bronze figure of Buddha, which sold for US$3,852,500, over six times the initial estimate; and the Ya Yi Fangding bronze from the Shang dynasty — which surpassed its high estimate to realise over US$3.3 million.

Following the success of last week’s sales, we look forward to welcoming you to our First Open | Shanghai and 20th Century & Contemporary Art sales in Shanghai on September 24.

Tel: +1 212 636 2000


  • Ding Yunpeng (1547-1628)/ Sheng Maoye (Active 1607-1638)

    Pair of hanging scrolls, ink and color on paper
    USD 200,000 – 400,000
    Lot offered
    Fine Chinese Paintings, New York, 12 Sep 2017

  • An Enameled White Glass Snuff Bottle

    Wang Xisan, Beijing, 1964-1966
    USD 20,000 – 30,000
    Lot offered
    The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles: Part V, New York, 13 Sep 2017

  • Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (1924–2001)

    Untitled, 1996
    USD 2,800,000 – 3,500,000
    Lot offered
    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art, New York, 13 Sep 2017

  • A Gray Schist Figure of Buddha

    Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century
    USD 300,000 – 500,000
    Lot offered
    Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art, New York, 13 Sep 2017

  • A Massive and Superbly-decorated Famille Rose Baluster Jar and Cover

    Yongzheng Period (1723-1735)
    USD 80,000 – 120,000
    Lot offered
    Marchant: Nine Decades in Chinese Art, New York, 14 Sep 2017

  • A Rare Dated Gilt-bronze Votive Figure of Shakyamuni Buddha

    Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386-479), Dated by inscription to the 16th year of Taihe, corresponding to AD 492
    USD 100,000 – 150,000
    Lot offered
    Treasures of the Noble Path: Early Buddhist Art from Japanese Collections, New York, 14 Sep 2017

  • The Ya Yi Fangding
    A Highly Important and Rare Bronze Rectangular Ritual Food Vessel, Fangding

    Late Shang Dynasty, Anyang, 13th-11th Century BC
    USD 2,000,000 – 3,000,000
    Lot offered
    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 14 and 15 Sep 2017

Learning & lectures

Gallery talks

  • Dr. Robert D. Mowry, Senior Consultant, Christie’s, will be giving talks throughout the view.

    All talks in English


  • 10 Sep

    1pm – 2pm
    Treasured by Connoisseurs – A Magnificent Jiajing Fish Jar
    by Rosemary Scott, Senior International Academic Consultant

    2pm – 3pm
    Imperial Creativity: The Qianlong Emperor as Patron, as Collector, as Painter, 1736–1795
    by Dr. Claudia Brown, Professor of Art History, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University

    3pm – 4pm
    Emperors, Scholars and Their Bronzes
    by Dr. Tao Wang, Pritzker Chair of Asian Art, Curator of Chinese Art, The Art Institute of Chicago

    4pm – 5pm
    Chughtai's Visions of Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist Culture in South Asia
    by Dr. Marcella Sirhandi, Professor Emerita, Art History, Oklahoma State University

    *Headphones will be offered for simultaneous translation in Mandarin for all lectures

2017 Hong Kong Autumn Auctions Preview

Highlight Exhibition on View

Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

Tour Information:
Tokyo │ 3-4 Aug
Los Angeles │ 15-19 Aug
New York │ 8-14 Sep

This November, Christie’s is pleased to present a series of extraordinary works from the celebrated Le Cong Tang collection in the Hong Kong Autumn Auctions. This renowned collection comprises exquisite items created during the Ming dynasty, with a magnificent Wucai Fish Jar and Cover produced during the Jiajing reign as the collection highlight. The Fish Jar will tour to several cities including a special viewing at Asian Art Week in New York.