MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2009
AT 4:OO PM PRECISELY
PROPERTY FROM THE ARTHUR M. SACKLER COLLECTIONS (LOTS 1-115)
Arthur M. Sackler, M.D., was one of America's foremost art collectors, the range of whose interests was extraordinary. These included Chinese, Indian, Middle Eastern and Pre-Columbian art as well as European ceramics, sculpture, paintings and drawings from the mediaeval to the modern periods. His name lives on in many art-related projects: the Sackler Wing that houses the Temple of Dendur at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at Princeton University, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at Harvard University. At the Smithsonian Institute, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery is a museum for Asian and Near Eastern Art. In China, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology teaches museology to students in Beijing.
In the Foreword to Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections (1987), Dr. Sackler explained what he saw in different types of Chinese art that formed his vast collection:
'China's aesthetics in different media peaked in different epochs. As I explored the arts of China, I found that the thrill I experienced viewing Shang bronze vessels was matched by the pleasures derived from the exquisite jade carvings of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, from the masterpieces of sculptures in clay, stone and wood from the Han dynasty on, from Tang dynasty ceramics and metalwork, from the furniture of the Ming dynasty; and from the beautiful and powerful paintings and calligraphy of the Ming and Qing dynasties'.