Christie’s Asian Art Week in New York totaled US$41,641,250 / HK$324,469,071 with further lots still to be offered in three online auctions.
Kicking off the series, the Fine Chinese Paintings realized $2,341,750, with its top lot, Zhang Daqian’s Hibiscus from 1948 selling for $591,000.
A theme of the sale series was the appetite among collectors for works with exemplary provenance, evidenced by the hugely successful results of the Masterpieces of Early Gold and Silver sale and the Chinese Art from The Art Institute of Chicago sale.
The top lot of the week came from the Masterpieces of Early Gold and Silver sale — a Tang-dynasty parcel-gilt silver bowl that achieved $3,495,000 above its estimate of $2-3 million. The sale of Chinese Art from The Art Institute of Chicago, which sold works from many celebrated patrons of the long-standing institution, was 100% sold by lot and by value.
The South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art sale featured the second-highest sale price of the series for Sayed Haider Raza’s masterpiece La Terre, which realized $3,015,000. A new artist record was set for Shakir Ali in the same sale.
Eleven world auction records were set across a highly successful week of sales. We look forward to welcoming you to our Hong Kong Autumn Auctions in November.
A Tang-dynasty open lotus blossom bowl leads a series of nine sales in which 11 world auction records are broken
Specialist Jacqueline Dennis Subhash explains how and why this sculpture was made, and recalls her visits to the bronze workshops of the Kathmandu Valley
A look at the life and work of the artist-monk who outwitted the Qing dynasty rulers to leave an extraordinary legacy
Important Chinese works of art from one of America’s leading cultural institutions coming to auction in New York
The life and art of one of India’s most important painters — illustrated with works offered in South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art sale
The Indian-born, New York-based artist talks about her work and shows us around her studio space in Brooklyn
Ahead of the sale of 101 objects in New York, specialist Michelle Cheng talks us through a selection of highlights
Specialist Michelle Cheng shares her expert advice, from knowing the woods collectors look for to investing in climate control
Specialist Tristan Bruck provides an introduction, illustrated with lots offered in our Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art sale
Specialist Dr. Malcolm McNeill is your guide to this historic artform, which is valued as an expression of the artist’s psychology
A primer on palettes, glazes, reign marks, and the different kilns, plus why it pays to handle as many pieces as possible
Specialist Aisi Wang guides us through the life and art of one of the finest — and most flamboyant — Japanese artists of the 20th century
Katie Lundie, specialist in Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, explains what to look for when building a collection
The Indian artist whose canvases fused European avant-garde ideas with the spirituality of his homeland. Illustrated with works offered at Christie’s
Kate Hunt on finding and reading reign marks, their history and how to tell genuine fakes from ‘apocryphal’ marks