New York – Christie’s announces Asian Art Week, a series of auctions, viewings, and events, from September 8-15. This season presents seven distinct sales featuring over 800 lots spanning all epochs and categories of Asian Art from archaic bronzes through contemporary Indian painting. In addition to the dedicated category sales, this season includes three special stand-alone auctions, featuring Marchant: Nine Decades in Chinese Art, honoring the Marchant family’s legacy of nearly 100 years in the trade, part-five of The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles, and a themed sale, Treasures of the Noble Path: Early Buddhist Art from Japanese Collections. Featured private collections within the Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale include The Nancy and Ed Rosenthal Collection, comprising Chinese furniture, as well as classic Chinese ceramics from The Scheinman Collection, and Qing porcelains from the The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation. Included in the Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art sale are superb examples of Indian and Himalayan sculpture from The Alice M. Kaplan Collection and The Collection of Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza.
Highlights of the week include the Ya Yi Fangding, A Highly Important and Rare Bronze Rectangular Ritual Food Vessel from the late Shang Dynasty (estimate: $2,000,000-3,000,000); a pair of dramatic hanging scrolls by Ding Yunpeng (1547-1628) and Sheng Maoye (active 1607-1638), Luohans (estimate: $200,000-400,000); fine examples of classical Chinese furniture, led by An Impressive Zitan Painting Desk from the 18th-19th century (estimate: $500,000-700,000); A large and important gilt bronze figure of Buddha, Nepal, 13th/14th century (estimate: $600,000-800,000) from The Collection of Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza; and a seminal painting by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (1924-2001), Untitled, painted in 1996 (estimate: $2,800,000-3,500,000).
Additionally on view during Asian Art Week will be highlights from The Collection of Paul F. Walter, including Indian silver, court paintings, Chinese works of art, and more, which will be presented in two live auctions on 26 and 27 September, with a simultaneous online-only auction.
Fine Chinese Paintings
12 September | 10am | New York
Christie’s sale of Fine Chinese Paintings features over 100 lots of classical, modern, and contemporary works primarily from collections in the West. Highlighting the sale is a pair of dramatic hanging scrolls by Ding Yunpeng (1547-1628) and Sheng Maoye (active 1607-1638), Luohans (estimate: $200,000-400,000). Also featured is Dong Qichang (1555-1636), Living Along the Riverbank (estimate: $130,000-160,000), Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), Lady Holding a Cat ($90,000-180,000), and Pu Ru (1896-1963), Fisherman (estimate: $18,000-25,000).
The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles: Part V
13 September | 10am | New York
Part five of The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles features over 150 fine and rare snuff bottles in a wide range of materials, including glass, agate, porcelain, lacquer and jade. Following the success of the first four sales, Part V will be sold without reserve offering collecting opportunities to both emerging and experienced collectors.
South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art
13 September | 10am | New York
Christie’s sale of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art presents 75 lots by modern masters and contemporary artists from the Indian Subcontinent. Leading the sale is a seminal painting by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (1924-2001), Untitled, painted in 1996 (estimate: $2,800,000-3,500,000). Other highlights include Tyeb Mehta (1925-2009), Untitled (Falling Figure), painted in 1991 (estimate: $1,500,000-2,000,000), and a sculpture by Adi Davierwala (1922-1975), Galaxy, executed in 1966 (estimate: $40,000-60,000). The catalogue also includes important works by Maqbool Fida Husain, Francis Newton Souza, Syed Haider Raza, Akbar Padamsee, Jehangir Sabavala, Ganesh Pyne, Meera Mukherjee, and Somnath Hore.
Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art
13 September | 2pm | New York
Christie’s sale of Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art includes approximately 50 carefully chosen lots presenting an array of fine bronzes and sculptures from Gandhara, India, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia. Featured in the sale are important works from The Collection of Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza, including A large and important gilt bronze figure of Buddha, Nepal, 13th/14th century (estimate: $600,000-800,000) and A bronze figure of Sambandar, South India, Vijayanagara period, late 15th/early 16th century (estimate: $600,000-800,000).
Marchant: Nine Decades in Chinese Art
14 September | 10am | New York
On September 14, Christie’s will offer a single-owner sale Marchant: Nine Decades in Chinese Art honoring the legacy of Richard Marchant and celebrating his family’s history of nearly 100 years in the trade. The London gallery was established in 1925 and is currently on the fourth generation. The sale includes a selection of works representing the collecting categories that earned the Marchant name international recognition, including Imperial porcelain, jades, later bronze works, and celadon wares dating to the Yuan and Ming dynasty.
Treasures of the Noble Path: Early Buddhist Art from Japanese Collections
14 September | 11:30am | New York
Treasures of the Noble Path: Early Buddhist Art from Japanese Collections brings together a carefully selected group of 40 bronzes and stone sculpture from Japanese collections spanning from the 4th century A.D. through 10th century. Highlights include A Grey Stone Seated Figure of Buddha, Tang Dynasty (estimate: $80,000-120,000), A Dated Gilt-Bronze Figure of Guanyin, Northern Wei Dynasty (estimate: $60,000-80,000), and A Rare and Important Gilt-Bronze Standing Figure of Buddha, from Korea, United Silla Period (AD 668-935), probably 8th century, (estimate: $80,000-120,000).
Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
14 September | 2pm | 15 September | 10am & 2pm
Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art will be held on September 14-15 and comprises approximately 330 lots, representing works from a variety of collecting categories, including early bronzes, zitan and huanghuali furniture, ceramics, jades, lacquer, and works of art. Featured in the sale are renowned private collections including The Nancy and Ed Rosenthal Collection comprising of Chinese furniture and classic Chinese ceramics from The Scheinman Collection. Sale highlights include the Ya Yi Fangding, A Highly Important and Rare Bronze Rectangular Ritual Food Vessel from the late Shang Dynasty (estimate: $2,000,000-3,000,000); An Impressive Zitan Painting Desk from the 18th-19th century (estimate: $500,000-700,000); and A Highly Important Imperial Spinach-Green Jade Book Set from the Qianlong Period (estimate: $200,000-300,000).
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