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Sotheby’s Announces Bi-Annual Asia Week Sales in New York

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    Sotheby’s Announces Bi-Annual Asia Week Sales in New York
    10.09.2019 - 14.09.2019

NEW YORK, 3 September 2019 – Sotheby’s is pleased to announce the full offerings of its upcoming Asia Week sales in New York. Highlighted by a selection of over 300+ Chinese works of art originally gifted by Florence & Herbert Irving to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the series features over 1,200 exceptional examples of Chinese works of art, Korean art, Buddhist art, Chinese paintings and calligraphy. All seven auctions in the series open for public exhibition in Sotheby’s New York galleries beginning 6 September, with auctions taking place from 10 – 14 September.

Angela McAteer, Sotheby’s Head of Chinese Works of Art Department in New York, commented: “We are excited to present seven distinct auctions this season, highlighted by exceptional property on offer from American institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. The range and depth of works across our sales presents the best in nearly every category of Chinese art – from Qing porcelains to jade carvings, classical Chinese paintings and Buddhist sculpture. Many of the works on offer are fresh to the market, with a number of the works emerging from prominent private collections where they have been treasured for over 100 years.”

CHINESE ART FROM THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
THE FLORENCE AND HERBERT IRVING GIFT
Auction 10 September @ 10:00AM

The September Asia Week sale series opens with a dedicated auction of over 120+ archaic to Qing dynasty Chinese works of art originally gifted by philanthropists and renowned Asian art collectors Florence and Herbert Irving to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Full proceeds from the sale will go into an Irving acquisition fund, to be used by The Met’s Department of Asian Art to continue the Irving legacy by seeking out artworks to further enhance the comprehensive nature of the institution’s holdings of Asian art.

Featuring an array of imperial Qianlong Period jades, Buddhist sculpture, porcelain paintings and objects for the scholars Studio, the auction is led by A Finely Carved Spinach-Green Jade Brushpot, formerly in the collection of Alfred Morrison and kept at Fonthill, his famed English country house (estimate $500/700,000). This magnificent vessel belongs to a highly refined group of ‘figure-in-landscape’ brush pots, created at the height of the jade production in the Qianlong period (1735-1795). Portraying mythological and historical events, these brush pots are exquisitely carved in green or white jade. The green jade models, particularly the striking spinach-toned examples, appear to have been especially favored by the Qing court. (Separate release available)

JUNKUNC: ARTS OF ANCIENT CHINA II
Auction 10 September @ 2:00 PM

Following the success of Junkunc: Arts of Ancient China in March 2019, we are pleased to present another selection of ancient Chinese art from the renowned collection of Stephen Junkunc. Featuring a selection of weapons, jade animals, gilt-bronzes and inlaid fittings, the works span China’s antiquity –dating from the Neolithic to the Song dynasty periods – and offer fascinating insight into the rituals, religions and politics of the times.

The auction is highlighted by A Splendid and Rare Gold and Silver-Inlaid Parcel-Gilt Bronze Figure of a Peacock from the Han Dynasty, extremely rare for its superb casting and exquisite decoration, with a luxurious countenance unrivalled by other bird figures from the Han dynasty (estimate $200/300,000). Peacocks were not merely popular as decorative motifs, but represented auspicious omens (xiangrui), and embodied the concern for the afterlife particularly prevalent during the Han dynasty.

BODIES OF INFINITE LIGHT
FEATURING AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF BUDDHIST FIGURES
FORMERLY IN THE COLLECTION OF THE CHANG FOUNDATION
Auction 10 September @ 3:00 PM

The afternoon concludes with Bodies of Infinite Light, an auction of Buddhist art spanning the Northern and Southern dynasties to the Qing dynasty. Featuring twenty sculptures formerly in the Chang Foundation Collection and illustrated in the seminal 1993 published catalogue Buddhist Images in Gilt Metal, the sale also offers rare bronzes from the Dali kingdom, among other exceptional works.

An Exceptionally Rare Gilt-Lacquer, Polychrome Wood and Gesso Figure of Jinasagara Avalokiteshvara and Consort from the Xuande period highlights the sale (pictured below, estimate $1/1.5 million). Drawn from the Tibetan Vajrayana or Buddhist pantheon, the rare sculpture represents an emanation of the popular bodhisattva as a meditational deity in union with his consort, their bond fulfilling the ultimate Vajrayana Buddhist aspiration to enlightenment through the union of Wisdom and Compassion. Its origin in China during the Ming Xuande period reflects the influence of Tibetan Buddhism on the Ming dynasty court. The sculpture still contains its consecratory materials in its hollow interior.

A NOBLE PURSUIT:
IMPORTANT CHINESE AND KOREAN ART FROM A JAPANESE PRIVATE COLLECTION
Auction 11 September @ 10:00 AM

Celebrating the Japanese tradition of collecting Chinese and Korean art, A Noble Pursuit offers important Chinese and Korean art from a Japanese private collection including archaic Chinese bronzes, Korean ceramics and Chinese ceramics from the Tang, Song and Ming dynasties – many of which have been published and exhibited in Japan – as well as Korean Punch’ong and Goryeo ceramics.






  • 10.09.2019 - 14.09.2019
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    Exhibitions Open 6 September

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