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$75.6 Million Asia Week at Sotheby's New York

CLASSICAL CHINESE PAINTINGS TOTALS $26.7 MILLION
— Top Lot of Asia Week Across All of New York:
$6.6 Million for Zhang Daqian’s Water and Sky Gazing After Rain in Splashed Color —

CHINESE WORKS OF ART ACHIEVES $34 MILLION
— Led by $3.1 Million Ming Dynasty Blue & White Ewer —

$15 MILLION FOR INDIAN & SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART
— Highest Total in a Decade —

 

NEW YORK, 23 March 2018 – Eight days of exhibition, five days of sales and ten auctions of Asian art brought Sotheby’s New York a total of $75.6 million, exceeding its pre-sale estimate of $50 million. Works of arts spanning over 3,500 years were sold to collectors in Europe, Asia and the Americas, including 14 lots over a million dollars. Auctions of Asian Art continue in Hong Kong with the Spring 2018 Sale Series opening to the public next week.

Henry Howard-Sneyd, Sotheby’s Chairman of Asian Art, Europe & the Americas, remarked: “We are delighted with the results from this week – one of the best-performing Sotheby’s Asia Week sales series in recent history. Across all ten sales, with one more scheduled for tomorrow morning, we saw vigorous competition for works of art at all levels – approximately half of the works offered achieved above their high estimates, including several, such as the filigree gold ornament  from the Portland Museum of Art and Zhang Daqian’s monumental scroll, achieving multiples of their estimates.”

Christina Prescott-Walker, Divisional Director for Asian Art at Sotheby’s New York, noted: “Since the opening of our exhibition last week, we’ve welcomed over 5,000 visitors to our New York headquarters, filled with over a thousand works of art. From Imperial Chinese porcelain and modern paintings to exquisite Indian miniatures, we were thrilled to find our salesrooms packed with clients, even with a winter snowstorm brewing outside.”

MODERN & CONTEMPORARY SOUTH ASIAN ART
Sale Total: $2,791,500
The first of three Indian & Southeast Asian Art auctions, Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art was led by Raja Ravi Varma’s Untitled (Tilottama), which achieved a robust price of $795,000. Works by the artist – a National Art Treasure whose paintings are seldom offered at international auction – are cherished for their intersection of Western Academic Realism and Indian subject matter.

MING: LUMINOUS DAWN OF EMPIRE
Sale Total: $9,394,500
Dedicated to the first century of the Ming Dynasty, the first of the Chinese Works of Art auction at Sotheby’s New York climbed to $9.4 million, above its high estimate. The curated group was led by an Exceptionally Rare and Important Blue and White Ewer, Xuande Mark and Period. Emerging from the Detring / von Hanneken Collection – which has achieved $3.8 million thus far, against a pre-sale estimate of $752,500/1,033,500 – the elegant work of art from the 15th century sold to a private Asian collector for $3,135,000.

JINGYATANG: TREASURES OF CHINESE BUDDHIST SCULPTURE
Sale Total: $3,033,000
The group of masterpieces of Chinese Buddhist sculpture from esteemed Asian private collection Jingyatang was highlighted by a Carved Limestone Head of Avalokiteshvara. From the Sui Dynasty, which lasted from 581 – 618 A.D., the bodhisattva of compassion found significant interest in the salesroom, selling for $843,000, above its pre-sale high estimate.

KANGXI: THE JIE RUI TANG COLLECTION
Sale Total: $4,469,000
Personally selected by collector Jeffrey P. Stamen, 72 pieces of Kangxi porcelain from the Jie Rui Tang Collection sold for $4.5 million, exceeding the pre-sale high estimate of $3.8 million. The group was led by a Large and Important Famille-Verte ‘Investiture of the Gods’ Rouleau Vase from the Qing Dynasty, which established a new auction record for a Rouleau vase of this type; over the course of seven minutes, eight bidders competed for the wucai­-decorated vase, bringing the final price to $1,575,000 (estimate $400/600,000).

INSPIRED: THE GERSON AND JUDITH LEIBER COLLECTION OF CHINESE ART
Sale Total: $1,305,563

Assembled over seven decades, The Gerson and Judith Leiber Collection of Chinese Art was led by a Rare Blue and White ‘Luduan’ Censer and Cover from the Ming Dynasty. A direct reference for one of Mrs. Leiber’s jewel-encrusted minaudières, the playful and majestic mythical creature soared above its pre-sale estimate of $60/80,000 and fetched $325,000.

THE RICHARD R. & MAGDALENA ERNST COLLECTION OF HIMALAYAN ART
Sale Total: $5,173,875

The top lot of this collection of rare and superb religious paintings spanning six centuries was a Paubha Depicting a Krishna Temple. From Nepal and dated 17th/18th century, the large-scale painting attracted at least four bidders in the room and on the telephone; estimated at $200/300,000, the painting sold to an institution for $567,000.

INDIAN, HIMALAYAN & SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART
Sale Total: $6,911,250

With this final sale on Thursday afternoon, the Indian & Southeast Asian Art department at Sotheby’s celebrated its highest results in over a decade. Their seasonal offerings of Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art were highlighted by a Large and Rare Bronze Figure of Ekadashamukha Lokeshvara from Tibet, 13th Century. The towering and glistening work of art sold to a private collector for $1,635,000.








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  • Zhang Daqian Water and Sky Gazing After Rain in Splashed Color Ink and color on paper, horizontal scroll 100.5 by 192.3 cm., 39 1/2 by 75 3/4 in. Estimate $1.2/1,8 million Sold for $6,550,400
    Zhang Daqian Water and Sky Gazing After Rain in Splashed Color Ink and color on paper, horizontal scroll 100.5 by 192.3 cm., 39 1/2 by 75 3/4 in. Estimate $1.2/1,8 million Sold for $6,550,400
    Sotheby’s Auktionshaus
  • Lot 322 A Large and Important Famille-Verte ‘Investiture of the Gods’ Rouleau Vase Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period Height 29 1/4 in., 74.2 cm Estimate $400/600,000 Sold for $1,575,000
    Lot 322 A Large and Important Famille-Verte ‘Investiture of the Gods’ Rouleau Vase Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period Height 29 1/4 in., 74.2 cm Estimate $400/600,000 Sold for $1,575,000
    Sotheby’s Auktionshaus
  • Property from the Detring/Von Hanneken Collection An Exceptionally Rare and Important Blue and White Ewer Xuande Mark and Period Height 13 in., 33 cm Estimate $600/800,000 Sold for $3,135,000
    Property from the Detring/Von Hanneken Collection An Exceptionally Rare and Important Blue and White Ewer Xuande Mark and Period Height 13 in., 33 cm Estimate $600/800,000 Sold for $3,135,000
    Sotheby’s Auktionshaus
  • Lot 23 Property From A Private American Collection Raja Ravi Varma Untitled (Tillottama) Oil on canvas Signed ‘Ravi Varma’ and dated indistinctly lower left 20 by 13 1/4 in., 50.8 by 33.5 cm. Painted circa 1896 Estimate $400/600,000 Sold for $795,000
    Lot 23 Property From A Private American Collection Raja Ravi Varma Untitled (Tillottama) Oil on canvas Signed ‘Ravi Varma’ and dated indistinctly lower left 20 by 13 1/4 in., 50.8 by 33.5 cm. Painted circa 1896 Estimate $400/600,000 Sold for $795,000
    Sotheby’s Auktionshaus
  • Lot 202 An Inscribed And Dated Huanghuashi Buddhist Stele Eastern Wei Dynasty, Dated Xinghe Third Year, Corresponding To 541 Height 17 in., 43.2 cm Estimate $1.2/1.5 million Sold for $1,335,000
    Lot 202 An Inscribed And Dated Huanghuashi Buddhist Stele Eastern Wei Dynasty, Dated Xinghe Third Year, Corresponding To 541 Height 17 in., 43.2 cm Estimate $1.2/1.5 million Sold for $1,335,000
    Sotheby’s Auktionshaus
  • Lot 322 A Large and Important Famille-Verte ‘Investiture of the Gods’ Rouleau Vase Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period Height 29 1/4 in., 74.2 cm Estimate $400/600,000 Sold for $1,575,000
    Lot 322 A Large and Important Famille-Verte ‘Investiture of the Gods’ Rouleau Vase Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period Height 29 1/4 in., 74.2 cm Estimate $400/600,000 Sold for $1,575,000
    Sotheby’s Auktionshaus
  • Zhang Ling Scholar Gazing at Farmlands from a Pavilion Ink and color on paper, hanging scroll 145.7 by 770.4 cm., 57 3/8 by 27 3⁄4 in. Estimate $160/220,000 Sold for $615,000
    Zhang Ling Scholar Gazing at Farmlands from a Pavilion Ink and color on paper, hanging scroll 145.7 by 770.4 cm., 57 3/8 by 27 3⁄4 in. Estimate $160/220,000 Sold for $615,000
    Sotheby’s Auktionshaus
  • Ma Shouzhen Orchid, Bamboo and Lingzhi Ink and color on paper, handscroll 34by369.4cm.,31⁄4by1451⁄2in., Estimate $100/150,000 Sold for $495,000
    Ma Shouzhen Orchid, Bamboo and Lingzhi Ink and color on paper, handscroll 34by369.4cm.,31⁄4by1451⁄2in., Estimate $100/150,000 Sold for $495,000
    Sotheby’s Auktionshaus
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