Christie’s celebrates Asian Art

New York, 11–14 September 2018

With eight auctions that garnered bids from over 37 countries, Asian Art Week realized a combined total of $34,720,750. The Fine Chinese Paintings sale kicked off the series with a total of $3,302,250 and 92% sold by value. The top lot of the sale, Ma Xinle’s Horses from the Collection of Steven C. Rockefeller, sold for $312,500.

The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles: Part VI achieved sell-through rates of 100% sold by lot and by value, continuing the tremendous success of the series.

World auction records were set for Zainul Abedin and Mohammed Kibria in the South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art sale, which realized $8,314,624. A masterpiece by Tyeb Mehta, Diagonal XV, led the auction, achieving $1,392,500.

The Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art sale totalled $2,890,000. The top lot was an important bronze group of seated Shiva and Uma, South India, Tamil Nadu from the late Chola ¬– early Vijayanagra period, which realized $636,500.

Strong results were witnessed for notable private collections, including the Masterpieces of Cizhou Ware: The Linyushanren Collection, Part IV, which totalled $1,230,000, and the Fine Chinese Jade Carvings from Private Collections sale, which totalled $2,710,125.

The continuing demand for Chinese works of art was underscored by strong sell-through rates of over 85% across the sales. We look forward to welcoming you to our FIRST OPEN | Shanghai sale and 20th Century and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in Shanghai on 21 September, as well as our upcoming sales in Hong Kong and London in November.

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


Auction highlights

  • Ma Xinle

    Horses, 2012
    Estimate
    USD 250,000 - 350,000
    Related Sale
    Fine Chinese Paintings, New York, 11 September

    Property from the Collection of Steven C. Rockefeller

  • A well-carved agate snuff bottle

    Zhiting School, Suzhou, 1750–1850
    Estimate
    USD 30,000 – 50,000
    Related Sale
    The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles: Part VI, New York, 12 September

  • Akbar Padamsee (B. 1928)

    Rooftops, 1959
    Estimate
    USD 800,000 – 1,200,000
    Related Sale
    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art, New York, 12 September

  • A thangka of Scenes from the Life of Milarepa 

    Eastern Tibet, Late 17th Century
    Estimate
    USD 250,000 – 350,000 
    Related Sale
    Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art, New York, 12 September

  • A rare large painted Cizhou truncated meiping

    Northern Song - Jin dynasty (960-1234)
    Estimate
    USD 60,000 – 80,000
    Related Sale
    Masterpieces of Cizhou Ware: The Linyushanren Collection, Part IV, New York, 13 September

  • A well-carved white jade marriage bowl

    Qianlong period (1736–1795)
    Estimate
    USD 150,000 – 250,000 
    Related Sale
    Fine Chinese Jade Carvings from Private Collections, New York, 13 September

  • A rare grey limestone figure of ‘Mahasthamaprapta’

    Early Tang dynasty, 8th century
    Estimate
    USD 1,500,000 – 2,500,000
    Related Sale
    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 13–14 September

  • The Xiqing Gujian — Catalogued ‘Zuo Bao Yi Gui’

    A highly important and extremely rare bronze ritual four-legged food vessel
    Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th – 10th century B.C.
    Estimate
    USD 4,000,000 – 6,000,000
    Related Sale
    Qianlong’s Precious Vessel: The Zuo Bao Yi Gui, New York, 13 September

  • A rare and finely carved pale greenish-white jade carving of damo in a grotto

    18th-19th century
    Estimate
    USD 100,000 – 150,000
    Related Sale
    Fine Chinese Jade Carvings from Private Collections, New York, 13 Sep 2018

  • A rare large dated bronze figure of seated Budair

    Ming dynasty, dated by inscription to the third year of the Xuande period, corresponding to 1428, and of the period
    Estimate
    USD 100,000 – 150,000
    Related Sale
    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 13–14 September

  • A rare yellow-ground blue and white ‘gardenia’ dish

    Zhengde six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1506-1521)
    Estimate
    USD 100,000 – 150,000
    Related Sale
    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 13–14 September

  • A superb and extremely rare carved red lacquer rectangular tray

    Yuan dynasty, first half 14th century
    Estimate
    USD 180,000 – 220,000
    Lot offered
    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 13–14 September

  • A rare cloisonné enamel archaistic ‘wheeled’ phoenix-form vase, Zun

    Qianlong period (1736-1795)
    Estimate
    USD 150,000 – 180,000
    Lot offered
    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 13–14 September

  • A rare pair of monumental painted stucco figures of bodhisattvas

    Yuan-Ming dynasty, 13th-14th century
    Estimate
    USD 400,000 – 600,000
    Lot offered
    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 13–14 September

Special features

Special exhibition

Highlights tour: South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

Select highlights from our South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art auction will be on view at Christie's Mumbai from 22–25 August.


Learning & lectures

  • 9 September

    1pm - 2pm
    “The Floating World of Chicago: A Preview of the Exhibition of the Weston Collection”
    by Janice Katz, Roger L. Weston Associate Curator of Japanese Art

    2pm - 3pm
    “Imperial Treasures in the Hands of a Ming Merchant: Xiang Yuanbian’s Collection”
    by Amy Riggs, Ph.D., Associate Specialist, Chinese Paintings, Christie’s

    3pm – 4pm
    “Musings on Nature by a Literati Poet”
    by Dr. Alfreda Murck, Research Volunteer, Asian Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art

    4pm – 5pm
    “Akbar Padamsee and Contextual Modernism in India”
    By Nishad Avari, Head of Sale, South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art, Christie’s



Auction schedule

Fine Chinese Paintings

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    11 Sept, 10am

  • Viewing

    7 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    8 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    9 Sept, 1pm – 5pm
    10 Sept, 10am – 5pm

  • Contact

    Elizabeth Hammer
    nychinesepaintings@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2195

South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    12 Sept, 10am

  • Viewing

    7 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    8 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    9 Sept, 1pm – 5pm
    10 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    11 Sept, 10am – 5pm

  • Contact

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

Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    12 Sept, 2pm

  • Viewing

    7 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    8 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    9 Sept, 1pm – 5pm
    10 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    11 Sept, 10am - 5pm

  • Contact

    Tristan Bruck
    tbruck@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2163

The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles: Part VI

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    12 Sept, 10am

  • Viewing

    7 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    8 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    9 Sept, 1pm – 5pm
    10 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    11 Sept, 10am - 5pm

  • Contact

    Olivia Hamilton
    asianartny@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2180

Masterpieces of Cizhou Ware: The Linyushanren Collection, Part IV

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    13 Sept, 10am

  • Viewing

    7 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    8 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    9 Sept, 1pm – 5pm
    10 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    11 Sept, 10am - 5pm
    12 Sept, 10am – 2pm

  • Contact

    Olivia Hamilton
    asianartny@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2180

Qianlong’s Precious Vessel: The Zuo Bao Yi Gui

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    13 Sept, 11am

  • Viewing

    7 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    8 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    9 Sept, 1pm – 5pm
    10 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    11 Sept, 10am - 5pm
    12 Sept, 10am – 2pm

  • Contact

    Olivia Hamilton
    asianartny@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2180

Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    13 Sept, 11:15am
    14 Sept, 10am & 2pm

  • Viewing

    7 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    8 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    9 Sept, 1pm – 5pm
    10 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    11 Sept, 10am - 5pm
    12 Sept, 10am – 2pm

  • Contact

    Olivia Hamilton
    asianartny@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2180

Fine Chinese Jade Carvings from Private Collections

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    13 Sept, 2pm

  • Viewing

    7 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    8 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    9 Sept, 1pm – 5pm
    10 Sept, 10am – 5pm
    11 Sept, 10am - 5pm
    12 Sept, 10am – 2pm

  • Contact

    Olivia Hamilton
    asianartny@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2180