Christie’s celebrates Asian Art

New York, 19 – 26 March 2019

Strong bidding and sell-through rates were seen across a week of sales that total $79,285,375, with more still to come.

The Private Collection of Florence and Herbert Irving was the highlight of a hugely successful week of Asian Art sales at Christie’s in New York. With further lots still to be offered in an online sale of Yixing pottery (until 26 March) and in the Magnificent Jewels auction on 16 April, the running total for the collection at the end of Asian Art Week stood at $31,269,375 / £23,640,294.


Auction highlights

  • A highly important and extremely rare gilt-bronze figure of a multi-armed Guanyin

    China, Yunnan, Dali Kingdom, 11th - 12th Century
    Estimate
    US$ 4,000,000 – 6,000,000
    Related Sale
    Lacquer · Jade · Bronze · Ink: The Irving Collection Evening Sale, New York, 20 March

  • A compressed Yixing teapot and cover, 'Flowing'

    Wang Yinxian (1943 - 2018) and Zhang Shouzhi (B. 1932)
    Estimate
    US$ 30,000 – 50,000
    Related Sale
    Contemporary Clay: Yixing Pottery from the Irving Collection, Online, 19 - 26 March

  • Zhang Daqian (1899 - 1983)

    Mountain Living in Autumn
    Estimate
    US$ 200,000 - 300,000
    Related Sale
    Fine Chinese Paintings, New York, 19 March

  • Unkoku Toeki (1591 – 1644)

    Horses in a landscape
    Sealed Unkoku and Toeki
    Pair of six-panel screens
    Estimate
    US$ 100,000 – 200,000
    Related Sale
    Japanese and Korean Art, New York, 19 March

  • Ranjani Shettar (B. 1977)

    Remanence from Last Night's Dream, 2011
    Estimate
    US$ 70,000 – 90,000
    Related Sale
    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art, New York, 20 March

  • A gilt-bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara Padmapani

    Tibet, 17th-18th Century
    Estimate
    US$ 60,000 – 80,000
    Related Sale
    Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art, New York, 20 March

  • The Shao Fangding

    A rare and important bronze rectangular ritual food vessel
    Late Shang dynasty, Anyang, 11th century BC
    Estimate
    US$ 1,000,000 - 1,500,000
    Related Sale
    Power and Prestige: Important Early Chinese Ritual Bronzes from a Distinguished European Collection, New York, 22 March

  • A rare and exceptional ‘number three’ Jun jardinière

    Yuan-Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century
    Estimate
    US$ 2,500,000 – 3,500,000
    Related Sale
    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 22 March



Auction schedule

Fine Chinese Paintings

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    19 March, 10am

  • Viewing

    14 March, 10am – 5pm
    15 March, 10am – 5pm
    16 March, 1pm – 5pm
    17 March, 10am – 5pm
    18 March, 10am – 5pm

  • Contact

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

Japanese and Korean Art

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    19 March, 10am

  • Viewing

    14 March, 10am – 5pm
    15 March, 10am – 5pm
    16 March, 10am – 5pm
    17 March, 1pm – 5pm
    18 March, 10am – 5pm

  • Contact

    Takaaki Murakami
    asianartny@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2158

South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    20 March, 10am

  • Viewing

    14 March, 10am – 5pm
    15 March, 10am – 5pm
    16 March, 10am – 5pm
    17 March, 1pm – 5pm
    18 March, 10am – 5pm
    19 March, 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

    20 March, 2pm

  • Viewing

    14 March, 10am – 5pm
    15 March, 10am – 5pm
    16 March, 10am – 5pm
    17 March, 1pm – 5pm
    18 March, 10am - 5pm
    19 March, 10am - 5pm

  • Contact

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

Lacquer · Jade · Bronze · Ink: The Irving Collection Evening Sale

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    20 March, 7pm

  • Viewing

    14 March, 10am – 5pm
    15 March, 10am – 5pm
    16 March, 10am – 5pm
    17 March, 1pm – 5pm
    18 March, 10am - 5pm
    19 March, 10am – 5pm
    20 March, 10am – 2pm

  • Contact

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

Lacquer · Jade · Bronze · Ink: The Irving Collection Day Sale

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    21 March, 10am

  • Viewing

    14 March, 10am – 5pm
    15 March, 10am – 5pm
    16 March, 10am – 5pm
    17 March, 1pm – 5pm
    18 March, 10am - 5pm
    19 March, 10am – 5pm
    20 March, 10am – 2pm

  • Contact

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

Power and Prestige: Important Early Chinese Ritual Bronzes from a Distinguished European Collection

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    22 March, 10am

  • Viewing

    14 March, 10am – 5pm
    15 March, 10am – 5pm
    16 March, 10am – 5pm
    17 March, 1pm – 5pm
    18 March, 10am - 5pm
    19 March, 10am – 5pm
    20 March, 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

    22 March, 10:30am & 2pm

  • Viewing

    14 March, 10am – 5pm
    15 March, 10am – 5pm
    16 March, 10am – 5pm
    17 March, 1pm – 5pm
    18 March, 10am - 5pm
    19 March, 10am – 5pm
    20 March, 10am – 2pm

  • Contact

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

Contemporary Clay: Yixing Pottery from the Irving Collection

  • Auction

    Online

    19 - 26 March

  • Viewing

    14 March, 10am – 5pm
    15 March, 10am – 5pm
    16 March, 10am – 5pm
    17 March, 1pm – 5pm
    18 March, 10am - 5pm
    19 March, 10am – 5pm
    20 March, 10am – 5pm
    21 March, 10am – 5pm
    22 March, 10am – 5pm
    25 March, 10am – 5pm
    26 March, 10am – 5pm

  • Contact

    Rufus Chen
    rchen@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2167


Special exhibition

Zhu Qizhan (1892–1996): Following My Own Truth



Join us for a special exhibition of paintings and calligraphy from the Shuishi Xuan Collection.


On view in New York from 14–22 March 2019

Zhu Qizhan (1982-1896) Ravine Landscape. Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and color on paper. 38 x 22 in. (96.5 x 56 cm.) Dated January 1974


Learning & lectures

Join us for our lecture series on 17 March

  • 1pm - 2pm

    Zhu Qizhan: Following His Own Truth
    by David A. Sensabaugh, Former Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator of Asian Art, Yale University Art Gallery

    2pm - 3pm

    Testing the Limits: Arakawa X Isamu Noguchi
    by Brett Littman, Director of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, and Dr. Miwako Tezuka, Consulting Curator of the Reversible Destiny Foundation

    3pm - 4pm

    ”A Continuing Tradition: The Irving Collection” panel discussion
    with Robert A. Kasdin, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Johns Hopkins Medicine; Amy Poster, Curator Emerita, Asian Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Consulting Curator, Asian Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Robert D. Mowry, Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art Emeritus, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, and Senior Consultant, Christie’s; moderated by Jonathan Rendell, Deputy Chairman, Christie’s



  • 4pm - 5pm

    “Indian Paintings: Color and Pigments” panel discussion
    with Jinah Kim, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, South Asian Art, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, and Katherine Eremin, Patricia Cornwell Senior Conservation Scientist, Straus Conservation Center, Harvard Art Museums; moderated by Dipti Mathur, Chair, Arts Council, The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University

    4pm - 5pm

    Make Me a Summary of the World
    Rina Banerjee in conversation with Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia Rina Banerjee in conversation with Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia


Christie’s Education Short Course

Chinese Art in Hong Kong: A Brief History of Collecting and the Art Market

This dynamic two-day course will highlight major collectors, dealers, museums and auctions that enabled Hong Kong to become an international hub for Chinese art.