Christie’s celebrates Asian Art

New York & Online, September 2021

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With global participation from 38 countries, the six live and online sales of Christie’s Asian Art Week in New York achieved a total of US$43,701,125. Seven world auction records were achieved and seven lots exceeded US$1 million across the sales.

The top lot of the biannual series was Jehangir Sabavala’s The Embarkation, which sold for US$1,590,000 and achieved a new world auction record for the artist. Other notable results included Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock print of Kanagawa oki nami ura (Under the well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa), which realised US$687,500; two massive parcel-gilt bronze figures of deities from the Late Ming dynasty, 16th – 17th century, which realised US$1,158,000; and a South Indian bronze figure of Shri Devi from the 15th century, which sold for US$387,500.


Highlights

  • A RARE LAMDRE LINEAGE PAINTING OF TWO SAKYA MASTERS CENTAL TIBET, FIRST HALF OF 16TH CENTURY

    CENTAL TIBET, FIRST HALF OF 16TH CENTURY
    27½ x 23¾ in. (69.8 x 60.3 cm.)
    Estimate
    $250,000-350,000
    Related Sale
    Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art, New York, 22 September 2021

    PROPERTY FROM A VENERABLE PRIVATE COLLECTION

  • KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

    Kanagawa oki nami ura (Under the well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa)
    Woodblock print, from the series Fugaku sanjurokkei (Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji), signed Hokusai aratame Iitsu hitsu, published by Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudo), late 1831
    Estimate
    150,000 – 200,000 USD
    Related Sale
    Important Japanese Art, New York, 21 September 2021

  • RABINDRANATH TAGORE (1861-1941)

    Untitled (Two Figures)
    mixed media on paper laid on card
    22.3/8 x 18 in. (56.8 x 45.7 cm.)
    Executed circa early 1930s
    Estimate
    $120,000-180,000
    Related Sale
    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art, New York, 22 September 2021

  • A PAIR OF DALI MARBLE-INSET HUANGHUALI CONTINUOUS HORSESHOE-BACK ARMCHAIRS

    17TH CENTURY
    37.¾in. (95.8 cm.) high, 23.¼in. (59 cm.) wide, 19 in. (48.3 cm.) deep $600,000-800,000
    Estimate
    600,000-800,000 USD
    Related Sale
    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 23-24 September 2021

    PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT EAST COAST PRIVATE COLLECTION

  • A RELIEF-DECORATED LIME GREEN-GLAZED `EIGHT HORSES' BOX AND COVER

    CHINA, GUANGXU SIX-CHARACTER INCISED MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1875-1908)
    4½ in. (11.4 cm.) long
    Estimate
    $3,000-5,000
    Related Sale
    Asia!, Online, 14-28 September 2021

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF WINSTON F.C.AND C.Z. GUEST

  • KITAGAWA UTAMARO (1754-1806)

    Shinateru from the house of Okamotoya
    Woodblock print, signed Utamaro hitsu, published by Yamaguchiya Chuemon (Chusuke), circa 1797
    Estimate
    8,000 – 10,000 USD
    Related Sale
    From Artist to Woodblock: Japanese Prints, Online, 19-29 September 2021

Featured collection

India House Club Collection
Works offered across September Asian Art Week and January Americana Week sales

Christie’s announces property from India House, a private club that has been a fixture of downtown Manhattan since the early 20th century, will be offered in the September Asian Art Week and January Americana Week sales in New York. The collection encompasses over 60 lots of maritime paintings, books and manuscripts, and Chinese, Indian & Southeast Asian works of art.


Viewing information

We look forward to welcoming you back to our Rockefeller Center galleries beginning 17 September to view the six live and online sales of Asian Art Week. Viewing is by appointment only, please find below information to book your reservation.

West Galleries – Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art; South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

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East Galleries – Important Japanese Art; Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art; From Artist to Woodblock: Japanese Prints; Asia!


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Visit our virtual view

From a Tang-dynasty ‘rhinoceros’ dish, paintings by South Asian modernist Francis Newton Souza and 16th-century Tibetan masters to rare woodblock prints by Katsushika Hokusai and a Qianlong-Jiaqing-period dragon robe, enjoy an immersive, 360-view of Christie’s Asian Art Week in our virtual galleries.


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