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  • 28 February 2022

Christie's announces New York Asian Art Week | March 2022


New York – Christie’s announces Asian Art Week, a series of auctions, viewings, and events, from March 15-30. This season presents seven live and online auctions featuring over 1,000 objects spanning all epochs and categories of Asian art. In conjunction with the sales, Christie’s will also present a non-selling exhibition of Wang Fangyu: A Wenren in America, between 18-23 March. All works will be presented in an exhibition from March 18 at Christie’s New York. Additional information on the individual auctions is included in the following pages.

From Himalayan bronzes to huanghuali tables and early Korean paintings, the seven distinct sales of Asian Art Week offer a wide breadth of art from across every category of Asian art. Notable collections highlighting this season include Buddhist art from the Collection of David and Nayda Utterberg, contemporary Indian art from the Collection of Mahinder and Sharad Tak, and important Chinese snuff bottles from the Rachelle R. Holden Collection. 

Japanese and Korean Art Including the Collection of David and Nayda Utterberg
22 March 2022 | 10am

This season’s Japanese and Korean Art Including the Collection of David and Nayda Utterberg sale is led by the important Buddhist paintings from the Utterberg Collection. Among our diverse selection of Japanese and Korean art, this sale features the earliest example of Korean gathering painting with true view; Katsushika Hokusai’s masterworks; a fine group of modern and contemporary art including nihonga; selections of lacquer works, sculptures, metalworks, screens and important Korean works of art and paintings. Browse the full sale here.

Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art
23 March 2022 | 8:30am

This season’s sale features works from across India, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia, including a large and impressive selection of Indian court paintings. Highlights among the classical Indian paintings include a folio from the so-called ‘Bharany Ramayana’ by the first generation of artists after Nainsukh and Manaku, an eighteenth-century Mughal painting attributed to Mihr Chand, and an illustration from the unusual and bold ‘Impey’ Ramayana series from late eighteenth-century Murshidabad. The sale also highlights Indian sculpture, including an important dated buff sandstone figure of a seated Jina and a Chola-period South Indian bronze figure of dancing Krishna formerly in the collection of John D. Rockefeller III. An assortment of Tibetan paintings and important Himalayan bronzes will also be presented, led by a large and significant fifteenth-century gilt-bronze figure of Maitreya from Central Tibet. Browse the sale here

South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art Including Works from the Collection of Mahinder and Sharad Tak  
23 March 2022 | 11am

Christie’s is delighted to announce the live auction of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art Including Works from the Collection of Mahinder and Sharad Tak. Leading the sale is the visionary collection of Mahinder and Sharad Tak, including major paintings by Bhupen Khakhar, Manjit Bawa, Arpita Singh and Sayed Haider Raza, appearing at auction for the first time. Also included are exceptional works by Maqbool Fida Husain, Rameshwar Broota, Jogen Chowdhury and Jagdish Swaminathan, all close friends of the collectors. Other highlights of the auction are a monumental painting by Gulammohammed Sheikh, unseen in public for almost thirty years, and significant works by Zarina, Natvar Bhavsar, Bikash Bhattacharjee, George Keyt and Mohammad Kibria. Browse the full sale here.

Rivers and Mountains Far from the World: Important Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Rachelle R. Holden Collection
24 March 2022 | 12pm

Rivers and Mountains Far from the World: Important Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Rachelle R. Holden Collection, borrows its evocative title from the scholarly catalogue published by the late collector in 1994. Highlights include an extremely rare and important imperial famille rose-enameled glass snuff bottle, Qianlong mark and of the period (1736-1795), formerly from the Zhang Tungyu Collection, Shanghai, as well as a superb Yixing slip-decorated snuff bottle, 1750-1830, from the collections of Lilla S. Perry and Bob C. Stevens, and a magnificent and masterfully carved black and white jade snuff bottle, Suzhou school, 1740-1850. Browse the sale here.

Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art  
24-25 March | 8:30am

This season’s sale is highlighted by an important Dali-Kingdom parcel-gilt bronze figure of standing Guanyin, superb Tang and Song-dynasty ceramics from the Zande Lou Collection, a very rare Yongzheng Guan-type crackle-glazed mallet vase formerly in the collection of Dr. Carl Kempe, an important and massive huanghuali trestle-leg table, a Western Han-dynasty gilt-bronze dragon-head terminal, early Buddhist sculptures from an important private Japanese collection, and a selection of outstanding rank badges from the collection of David Hugus. Browse the sale here.

Rivers and Mountains Far from the World: Important Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Rachelle R. Holden Collection
15-29 March 2022 | Online

Rivers and Mountains Far from the World: Important Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Rachelle R. Holden Collection online sale accompanies the live sale with over 100 lots of superb Chinese snuff bottles. The online sale includes snuff bottles across many media, including glass, porcelain, agate, jade and painted enamel on metal. The Rachelle R. Holden Collection offers new and established collectors the opportunity to acquire rare and fine examples featuring some of the most prestigious provenances in the genre. Browse the sale here.

South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art Online
15-30 March 2022 | Online

Christie’s online auction of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art includes excellent modern works on paper by artists Maqbool Fida Husain, Francis Newton Souza, Devi Prasad Roy Chowdhury, Manjit Bawa, Ganesh Pyne and Nasreen Mohamedi, alongside canvases by Ram Kumar, Sayed Haider Raza, Bikash Bhattacharjee, George Keyt, Ratan Parimoo and Laxman Pai. Other highlights are an embroidered panel by Meera Mukherjee and two sets of wooden toys by K.G. Subramanyan. Rounding out the catalogue is a section of exceptional contemporary works by artists including Nalini Malani, Jagannath Panda, Subodh Gupta and Muzzumil Ruheel. Browse the sale here.


Wang Fangyu: A Wenren in America
18-23 March 2022 | Christie’s New York

Christie’s is pleased to present a special, non-selling exhibition of Wang Fangyu: A Wenren in America between 18-23 March. The exhibit will explore the rich network of artistic friendships Wang Fangyu built and cultivated over five decades – connecting cultural figures such as Zhang Daqian, Hu Shi, Lin Yutang, C. C. Wang and Robert H. Ellsworth – that shaped the discourses on collecting and exhibiting Chinese paintings in America. Rarely seen artworks gifted to and collected by Wang Fangyu, as well as his own art, will be featured.

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