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  • 19 October 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Asian works of art from private collections at Christie's this November

Alongside Asian Art in London & Online

Highlights from the November auctions at Christie's in London

London – The first auction held by James Christie in 1766 included a number of Chinese ceramics and 250 years later Christie’s continues to present collectors with the finest examples of Chinese craftsmanship, from the Western Han dynasty (206BC – AD25) through to the 20th century. Following the success of Asian Art week in New York, Christie’s will hold two auctions in London this November. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Chinese Works of Art at King Street and Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles at South Kensington will together present an array of rare and exquisite ceramics, jades, metalwork, furniture, textiles and paintings, many offered from important private collections including property from the collection of the Kierulff family, property from the W. Stuart Collection of textiles and the William Merton Will Trust.

The auctions in London are accompanied by an all-encompassing series of online sales exploring a variety of artistic periods and disciplines spanning Chinese, Japanese and Korean art, including auctions dedicated to artworks by Asian women artists and to Korean contemporary art. With online auctions opening for bidding throughout November, presenting a diverse range of works of art and paintings, there are a wealth of exquisite Asian works of art at Christie’s this season.

Fine Chinese Ceramics & Chinese Works of Art

Auction: Christie’s King Street, 8 November

On view: Christie’s King Street, 4 – 7 November

The Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art auction on 8 November will showcase around 200 impressive works of art, many of which are offered from important private collections with notable provenance. In addition to magnificent examples of ceramics, jades, Buddhist art and metalwork, this auction also features a remarkable selection of Ming-Qing period (1368-1911) furniture and paintings from renowned classical and modern Chinese artists.

Highlights of the November auction include a magnificent and very rare large Qianlong mark and period (1736-1795) famille rose turquoise-ground 'bats' vase (estimate: £700,000-1,000,000); an imperial Daoguang mark and period (1821-1850) yellow-ground famille rose 'nine dragons' hat stand (estimate: £200,000-300,000, illustrated right), and a Yongzheng mark and period (1723-1735), very large Guan-type archaistic vase, Hu (estimate: £180,000-220,000). Further highlights from the sale include Fu Baoshi’s Admiring the Waterfall (estimate: £200,000-300,000); a rare imperial yellow silk damask panel of an Avalokitesvara, Yongle period (1403-1424) (estimate: £80,000-120,000) and a rare late Ming-early Qing dynasty huanghuali table (estimate: £100,000-200,000).

Many of the works in the sale are presented from important English and European collections. The collection of the Kierulff family was amassed in the late 19th to early 20th century by two Danish businessmen, Peter Arnt Kierulff and Hannibal Julius Kierulff. Both brothers had close ties with China – Peter Kierulff lived in China and made business with the Chinese court; he was also the first foreigner to be allowed to open a shop in the Forbidden City of Beijing. Among the works offered from this collection is a rare 17th century gilt-bronze figure of Guanyin (estimate: £80,000-120,000); with further pieces featuring in the South Kensington auction.

Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles

Auction: Christie’s South Kensington, 9 and 11 November

On view: Christie’s South Kensington, 5 – 10 November

The two-day sale of Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles on 9 & 11 November will present over 500 lots spanning more than 1,000 years of Chinese art, from the Song dynasty to the early 20th century, with estimates starting at £1,000. The auction includes ceramics dating from the Song dynasty (960-1279) through to the Republic period (1912-1949); jade and hardstone carvings; bronze Buddhist works of art; snuff bottles; furniture and robes from a number of private Western and Asian collections. Highlights include a pair of early 20th century famille rose vases from an Important Private Asian Collection of Chinese art (estimate: £15,000-20,000); a famille rose 'butterfly' bottle vase from an Important European Private Collection (estimate: £15,000-20,000); an 18th century celadon and russet qilin and lingzhi jade carving from a Private UK Collection acquired between 1967 and 2000 (estimate: £3,000-5,000); and a 19th century large marble-inset hongmu foliate table (estimate: £15,000-25,000).

Textiles have always been a distinctive feature of the Christie’s South Kensington Chinese art sales and this November the auction includes 28 lots from the W. Stuart Collection of Textiles, a collection formed over the last 35 years featuring Chinese dragon robes, formal and informal jackets and rank badges. A highlight of the group is a blue-ground kesi formal court robe, chao pao, from the late 19th century, decorated with gilt five-clawed dragons chasing the flaming pearl amongst scattered clouds, crane roundels, and attributes of the Eight Immortals (estimate: £7,000-10,000, illustrated right).

Online Auctions at Christies.com

Half the Sky: Artworks by Asian Women Artists

Auction: Online, 13 – 25 October

This October, Christie’s presents Half the Sky: Artworks by Asian Women Artists, featuring works ranging from the Modern through to the Contemporary period. Each artwork included in the auction has been conceived and executed by a female artist working from around Asia, the United States and Europe with iconic works by women artists, such as Cao Fei, Lin Tianmiao and An He, as well as fresh artworks by newcomers to auction including Lin Yan, Ivory Yeunmi Lee, Huang Hai-Hsin and Zhou He. Starting bids are as low as $600 and bidding is open until 25 October.

Edo to Post-War: 500 years of Japanese Art and Design

Auction: Online, 3 – 17 November

On view: Highlights at Christie’s King Street, 4 – 8 November

Edo to Post-War: 500 years of Japanese Art and Design will present over 100 Japanese works of art including inro, modern prints, metalwork, Buddhist sculpture, porcelain, netsuke and sword fittings, celebrating Japanese craftsmanship spanning the last 500 years and offered from a number of private collections.

Exquisite Eye: Chinese Paintings Online

Auction: Online, 15 – 28 November

On view: Christie’s Hong Kong, 24 – 28 November

Exquisite Eye: Chinese Paintings Online offers a selection of modern and classical works together with contemporary ink pieces, and coincides with the auctions at Christie’s Hong Kong. This online sale will include collections from Asia, Europe and North America such as a private Korean collection previously owned by Min Yong Yi (1860-1914), a Japanese collection of Chinese fan leaf, the collection of Wu Baling, as well as exceptional contemporary ink works by Zeng Xiaojun and Gu Wenda.

K-Art Now!

Auction: Online, 17 – 28 November

On view: Highlights at Christie’s Hong Kong, 24 – 26 November

Christie’s presents its debut online sale dedicated to Korean contemporary art, K-Art Now!, which features an exceptional selection of 35 distinctive works from 24 artists. The auction encompasses artists of different generations working in diverse mediums; from artists born in the 1960s and 70s, such as Suh Do-Ho, Choi Chung-Hwa, Gim Hong-Suk and Ham Kyung-Ah,  who have long been recognised in the international art world for their innovative use of materials, unique approach to issues of cultural identity, and human relationships through to the talented young artists born in the 1980s and 90s, who have recently gained great attention from the art world and public alike. Estimates for this fresh to the market group start from just $1,500.

The Art of Asia, including Property from the Kimiko and John Powers Collection

Auction: Online, 29 November – 8 December

On view: Highlights at Christie’s South Kensington, 5 – 10 November

The Art of Asia, open for bidding from 29 November to 8 December, will offer around 150 works of Chinese ceramics and works of art, including bronze, cloisonné, textiles, jade and jadeite, presented together with a selection of Japanese works. The section dedicated to the Kimiko and John Powers collection consists of a selection of 15 works of Japanese paintings dating from 17th-19th centuries featuring artists such as Kano Naonobu, Nukina Kaioku, Kinoshita Itsuun and Yokoi Kinkoku. John Powers (1916-1999) and his wife, Kimiko, began collecting Japanese art in the 1960s, forming one of the most outstanding private collections outside Japan.

Autumn Season auctions at Christie's Hong Kong

The autumn auction season at Christie’s Hong Kong will kick off on 25 November. Details to follow.

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