The highlights of Asian Art Week auctions in New York included sales of classical Chinese paintings, devotional sculptures from India, Nepal, and Tibet. Ancient ceramic and porcelain vases and jars, including a rare Ming dynasty bowl were also part of the highlights.
Christie’s concluded its Asian Art Week auctions in New York with a combined total of $43.5 million. The week started with Fine Chinese Paintings, which realized $5.2 million and the top lot of the auction was Xia Gui’s Fisherman Returning to Shore in a Storm, which soared above its estimate of $40,000–50,000 to sell for $497,000. The two-part Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale concluded the week with a total of $22.4 million. Chinese Cloisonné Enamels from Private American Collections sold 99% by value and Francis Newton Souza’s The Butcher achieved the second highest price for the artist at auction.
“I think there is something unique about these Asian art weeks in New York in that they encompass so many different cultures in Asia,” said Jonathan Stone, chairman and international head of Asian Art at Christie’s.
The sales attracted buyers from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India, who are highly interested in acquiring their own great art, along with American and European collectors. “What you also see is the global crossover of the Chinese buyers being interested in Indian or Himalayan Buddhist art, as well,” Stone explained. “There are a lot of collectors who feel passionately about the pieces they collect,” said Stone.