New York, 15–17 March 2017


This March, Christie’s Asian Art Week presents seven distinct sales spanning all epochs and categories of Asian Art. Led by distinguished private collections, the highly anticipated series features an unprecedented offering of huanghuali and zitan classical Chinese furniture from The Marie Theresa L. Virata Collection, Shang and Zhou dynasty ritual bronzes and Song dynasty paintings from the Fujita Museum and an exceptional group of Song-Qing dynasty porcelains from the Indianapolis Museum of Art. South Asian highlights are led by a monumental black stone figure of Lokanatha Avlokiteshvara from Pala-period India, originally at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1922, a gilt silver figure of the Sixth Shamarpa and much more.

We look forward to welcoming you to our viewings beginning 10 March.

Contact
asianartny@christies.com
Tel: +1 212 636 2180


Highlights

  • A highly important and extremely rare bronze ritual ram-form wine vessel, gong

    Late Shang Dynasty, 13th-11th Century BC
    8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) long
    Estimate
    $6,000,000-8,000,000
    Lot offered
    Important Chinese Art from the Fujita Museum, New York, 15 March 2017

  • A five-color overlay white glass snuff bottle

    1760-1820
    2 3/4 in. (7 cm.) high
    Estimate
    $6,000-8,000
    Lot offered
    The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles (Part IV), New York, 15 March 2017

  • A magnificent and important zitan luohan bed, Luohanchuang

    18th Century
    29 in. (73.7 cm.) high, 86 1/2 in. (219.7 cm.) wide, 50 1/2 in. (128.3 cm.) deep
    Estimate
    $2,000,000-3,000,000
    Lot offered
    The Marie Theresa L. Virata Collection of Asian Art: A Family Legacy, New York, 16 March 2017

  • A very rare and important bronze horse harness frontlet

    Northwest China, 6th Century BC
    8 1/4 in. (21 cm.) wide
    Estimate
    $150,000-250,000
    Lot offered
    The Harris Collection: Important Early Chinese Art, New York, 16 March 2017

  • A rare famille rose ‘hundred deer’ vase

    Qianlong Period (1736-1795)
    17 1/2in. (44.5 cm.) high
    Property from the Estate of Ogden Mills Phipps
    Estimate
    $300,000-500,000
    Lot offered
    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 17 March 2017

  • Anonymous (Ming dynasty)

    Children and Knick-Knack Peddlar
    Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and color on silk
    59 5/8 x 39 5/8 in. (151.5 x 100.5 cm.)
    Estimate
    $30,000-50,000
    Lot offered
    Fine Chinese Paintings, New York, 15 March 2017

  • A large and important black stone figure of Lokanatha Avalokiteshvara

    Northeastern India, Pala Period, 12th century
    58 inches (147.4 cm.) high
    Estimate
    Estimate on request
    Lot offered
    Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art, New York, 15 March 2017


Videos

  • Asian Art Week: A dazzling array of objects at Christie’s New York

    A series of sales from 15–17 March, featuring ritual bronzes from the Fujita Museum and huanghuali furniture from the Virata Collection, plus snuff bottles, Southeast Asian bronzes and classical Chinese paintings

  • ‘I’m surprised to see how well Ming furniture works with modern art’

    Xin Li, Christie’s Deputy Chairman, Asia Pacific, explores the Marie Theresa L. Virata Collection of Asian Art — paired with sublime post-war works by the likes of Dubuffet, Albers and Kusama. Her guide is Chinese art specialist Michelle Cheng

  • Owned by an Emperor — Six handscroll paintings from the Fujita Museum

    Specialist Elizabeth Hammer examines superlative examples of ‘the most intimate form of Chinese traditional painting’ — all with imperial provenance — which realised a combined $123,901,000 as part of the record-breaking Important Chinese Art from the Fujita Museum auction in New York

  • Important Chinese art from the Fujita Museum

    Ritual bronzes and other Japanese and Chinese works of art from one of Japan’s leading cultural institutions are to be offered on 15 March in New York

  • ‘A benchmark of quality and refinement’ — the Virata Collection

    Experts and family members remember the ‘larger-than-life’ Marie Theresa L. Virata, whose collection of classical Chinese furniture, ceramics, English furniture and decorative arts is offered on 16 March

All videos

Asian Art Week: A dazzling array of objects at Christie’s New York

‘I’m surprised to see how well Ming furniture works with modern art’

Owned by an Emperor — Six handscroll paintings from the Fujita Museum

Important Chinese art from the Fujita Museum

‘A benchmark of quality and refinement’ — the Virata Collection



Sale information

Fine Chinese Paintings

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    15 Mar, 10am

  • Viewing

    10 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    11 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    12 Mar, 1 – 5pm
    13 Mar, 10am – 5pm

  • Contact

    Elizabeth Hammer
    nychinesepaintings@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2195

Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    15 Mar, 2pm

  • Viewing

    10 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    11 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    12 Mar, 1 – 5pm
    13 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    14 Mar, Closed
    15 Mar, 10am – 2pm

  • Contact

    Sandhya Jain-Patel
    indianartnyc@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2162

The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles (Part IV)

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    15 Mar, 10am

  • Viewing

    10 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    11 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    12 Mar, 1 – 5pm
    13 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    14 Mar, Closed

  • Contact

    Margaret Gristina
    asianartny@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2180

Important Chinese Art From the Fujita Museum

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    15 Mar, 7pm

  • Viewing

    10 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    11 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    12 Mar, 1 – 5pm
    13 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    14 Mar, Closed
    15 Mar, 10am – 5pm

  • Contact

    Tina Zonars
    asianartny@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2180


    Elizabeth Hammer
    nychinesepaintings@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2195

The Marie Theresa L. Virata Collection of Asian Art: A Family Legacy

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    16 Mar, 10am

  • Viewing

    10 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    11 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    12 Mar, 1 – 5pm
    13 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    14 Mar, Closed
    15 Mar, 10am – 5pm

  • Contact

    Michelle Cheng
    asianartny@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2180

The Harris Collection: Important Early Chinese Art

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    16 Mar, 2pm

  • Viewing

    10 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    11 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    12 Mar, 1 – 5pm
    13 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    14 Mar, Closed
    15 Mar, 10am – 5pm

  • Contact

    Margaret Gristina
    asianartny@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2180

Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    17 March, 10am & 2pm

  • Viewing

    10 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    11 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    12 Mar, 1 – 5pm
    13 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    14 Mar, Closed
    15 Mar, 10am – 5pm

  • Contact

    Margaret Gristina
    asianartny@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2180

The Art of China: Online Spring Sale


Learning & lectures

Book Signing

  • 12 March

    2pm-4pm
    Understanding Ancient Chinese Bronzes: Their Importance
    in Chinese Culture, Their Shapes, Functions and Motifs
    by Christian Deydier, Author

Gallery talks

  • 10 March

    2pm
    Elizabeth Hammer, Specialist,
    Chinese Paintings*

  • 13–15 March

    11am
    Dr. Robert D. Mowry, Senior Consultant, Christie’s, and Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art Emeritus, Harvard Art Museums

Lectures

  • 12 March

    1pm – 2pm
    Imperial Lacquer in the Collection of the Qianlong Emperor
    by Zhang Rong, Head Librarian and Senior Research Fellow, Palace Museum, Beijing

    2pm – 3pm
    Victoria Contag and C.C. Wang: A Passion for Paintings and a Lifelong Friendship
    by Clarissa von Spee, Cleveland Museum of Art

    3pm – 4pm
    Quintessence of Asian Art — The Fujita Museum collection
    by Sen So’oku, Heir to the Grand Tea Master of Mushakouji Senke tea school

    4pm – 5pm
    Lokanatha & Coomaraswamy: A Tale of a World Savior and a Pioneering Curator
    by Dr. Pratapaditya Pal, Noted curator, art historian and author in Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art

    5pm – 6pm
    The Creation of the Virata Collection of Asian Art: The Chinese Art Market in New York in the 1970s
    The Robert Hatfield Ellsworth Memorial Lecture
    by Amy Poster, Curator Emerita, Asian Art, Brooklyn Museum