New York, 20–23 March 2018

Christie’s Asian Art Week in New York realised a combined total of US$56,581,500 / HK$441,783,723. Six auctions took place from March 20–23, attracting bidders from over 25 countries, with deep bidding from buyers in mainland China. Highlights of the sales included Song ceramics, huanghuali furniture and South Asian modern and contemporary paintings.

The week was defined by works of the highest quality with distinguished provenance. The top lot was Syed Haider Raza’s Tapovan, from the Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art sale, which sold for $4,452,500 and established a new record for the artist and the category.

The Classic Age of Ceramics: The Linyushanren Collection, Part III achieved $12,832,750, with a sell through rate of 99% by lot and 100% by value. The Bernat Ding ‘Partridge Feather’ bowl led the third installment of the collection, selling for $4,212,500.

Other notable highlights included a silver-inlaid gilt-bronze figure of Buddha Shakyamuni, which was the highest price achieved for the category for the week; a huanghuali six poster canopy bed; a celadon-glazed relief-decorated bottle vase from the Qianlong period; a Song-Yuan dynasty handscroll of Sixteen Arhats; an imperial yellow kesi dragon robe; and the selection of dinner menus by Zhang Daqian from the collection of Min Chi Hsu, the artist’s private chef from 1977–1979.

The Art of China online auctions will continue until March 27–28. We look forward to welcoming you to our upcoming auctions in London, Hong Kong and Paris.

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


Highlights

  • Cao Zhibai (1271-1355)

    Landscape After Ni Zan
    hanging scroll, ink on paper
    18 3/4 x 13 5/8 in (47.6 x 35.1 cm.)
    Estimate
    USD 250,000 – 300,000
    Lot offered
    Fine Chinese Paintings, New York, 20 March

    From the Collection of Luo Jialun

  • Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (1924-2001)

    Untitled
    oil on canvas
    53 7/8 x 34 7/8 in. (137 x 88.8 cm.)
    Painted in 1980
    Estimate
    USD 2,200,000 – 2,800,000
    Lot offered
    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art, New York, 21 March

  • An illustration to a Dvadasa Bhava manuscript: A Prince Gathering Flowers

    Mughal court artist at Allahabad, 1600-1605
    opaque pigments with gold on paper
    13 3/16 X 8 11/16 in. (33.5 X 22 cm.)
    Estimate
    USD 60,000 – 80,000
    Lot offered
    Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art, New York, 21 March

  • The Bernat Ding ‘Partridge Feather’ bowl

    A highly important Ding russet-splashed
    black-glazed conical bowl
    Northern Song dynasty (960-1127)
    7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) diam., Japanese double wood box
    Estimate
    Estimate upon request
    Lot offered
    The Classic Age of Chinese Ceramics - The Linyushanren Collection, Part III, New York, 22 March

  • A teadust-glazed Fang Hu-form vase

    Qianlong incised six-character seal mark and of the period (1736-1795)
    11 13/16 in. (30 cm.) high
    Estimate
    USD 120,000 – 180,000
    Lot offered
    The Studio of the Clear Garden: Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 22 March

  • A rare and exceptional celadon-glazed relief-decorated bottle vase

    Qianlong seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795)
    15 3/4 in. (40 cm.) high
    Estimate
    USD 800,000 – 1,200,000
    Lot offered
    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 22-23 March

    Property from an Important Private Collection

  • Anonymous (13th-14th century)

    Sixteen Arhats
    12 3/8 x 352 in. (31.5 x 894 cm.)
    Estimate
    USD 800,000-1,000,000
    Lot offered
    Fine Chinese Paintings, New York, 20 March

  • Syed Haider Raza (1922–2016)

    Tapovan
    acrylic on canvas
    62 7/8 x 74 3/8 in. (159.7 x 188.9 cm.)
    Painted in 1972
    Estimate
    Estimate upon request
    Lot offered
    South Asian Modern + Contemporary art, New York, 21 March

  • A gilt bronze figure of Vajrabhairava and Vajravetali

    Tibet, 16th century
    9 7/16 in. (24 cm.) high
    Property from the Estate of Dr. George S. Heyer, Jr. (1930-2015)
    Estimate
    USD 150,000 – 250,000
    Lot Offered
    Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of art, New York, 21 March

  • A rare 'number five' Jun tripod 'narcissus' bowl

    Yuan-early Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century
    8 1/4 in. (20.9 cm.) diam.
    Estimate
    USD 150,000-200,000
    Lot offered
    The Classic Age of Chinese Ceramics - The Linyushanren Collection, Part III, New York, 22 March

  • A superb well-carved spinach-green jade circular table screen

    Qianlong period (1736-1795)
    8.1/2 in. (21.7 cm.) diam.
    zitan and hongmu wood stand
    Estimate
    USD 100,000-150,000
    Lot offered
    The Studio of the Clear Garden: Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 22 March

  • An extremely rare parcel-gilt silver ‘pheasant’ box and cover

    Liao dynasty (AD 907-1125)
    15 1/2 in. (39 cm.) long
    Estimate
    USD 40,000-60,000
    Lot offered
    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 22-23 March

Special features



Auction schedule

Fine Chinese Paintings

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    20 Mar, 10am

  • Viewing

    16 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    17 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    18 Mar, 1pm – 5pm
    19 Mar, 10am – 5pm

  • Contact

    Elizabeth Hammer
    asianartny@christies.com
    +1 212 641 5760

South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    21 Mar, 10am

  • Viewing

    16 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    17 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    18 Mar, 1pm – 5pm
    19 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    20 Mar, 10am – 5pm

  • Contact

    Nishad Avari
    indianartnyc@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2190

Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    21 Mar, 2pm

  • Viewing

    16 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    17 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    18 Mar, 1pm – 5pm
    19 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    20 Mar, 10am - 5pm

  • Contact

    Isabel McWilliams
    indianartnyc@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2190

The Classic Age of Chinese Ceramics - The Linyushanren Collection, Part III

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    22 Mar, 10am

  • Viewing

    16 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    17 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    18 Mar, 1pm – 5pm
    19 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    20 Mar, 10am - 5pm
    21 Mar, 10am – 5pm

  • Contact

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

The Studio of the Clear Garden: Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    22 Mar, 11:30 am

  • Viewing

    16 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    17 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    18 Mar, 1pm – 5pm
    19 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    20 Mar, 10am - 5pm
    21 Mar, 10am – 5pm

  • Contact

    Margaret Gristina
    mgristina@christies.com
    +1 212 468 7126

Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    22 Mar, 2pm
    23 Mar, 10am & 2pm

  • Viewing

    16 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    17 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    18 Mar, 1pm – 5pm
    19 Mar, 10am – 5pm
    20 Mar, 10am - 5pm
    21 Mar, 10am – 5pm

  • Contact

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

Prints & Works on Paper by Zao
Wou-Ki

The Art of China: New York, Spring Edition

The Art of China: London, Spring Edition

  • Auction

    Online

    20 - 28 Mar

  • Contact

    Cecilia Zi
    czi@christies.com
    +44 (0) 207 752 3005


Learning & lectures

Gallery talks

  • 16 March

    4pm
    Food and Eating in Chinese Paintings

    Elizabeth Hammer, Head of Sale, Chinese Paintings, New York and
    Jennie Tang, Junior Specialist, Chinese Paintings, New York

Lectures*

  • 18 March

    1pm - 2pm
    Separating Sheep from Goats: Sherman E. Lee and Chinese Art Collecting in Postwar America

    Noelle Giuffrida, Assistant Professor of East Asian Art, Department of Art History, Case Western Reserve University

    2pm - 3pm
    The Robert H. Ellsworth Memorial Lecture:
    The Other Side of Ding Ware: Black Glazes and a Partridge-Feather-Glazed Bowl

    Robert D. Mowry, Senior Consultant, Christie’s

    3:30pm – 4:30pm
    Taking Stock: Contemporary South Asian Art

    Ranjani Shettar in conversation with Shanay Jhaveri, Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

    Moderated by collector and patron Dipti Mathur. Followed by an introduction to MAP (Museum of Art & Photography), Bengaluru, by Abhishek Poddar, Trustee, MAP.

    4:30pm – 5:00pm
    Ranjani Shettar: Between Sky and Earth

    Book launch and signing

    *Headphones will be offered for simultaneous translation in Mandarin for all lectures

  • 20 March

  • 6:30pm Reception, 7pm – 8pm Talk
    Pride, Passion, and Patriotism: Exploring China’s Hunger for Antiquities

    Speaker: Cai Jinqing
    Location: China Institute, 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

    Find out more

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