Christie’s Asian Art Week
This March Christie’s Asian Art Week will feature an exciting series of seven sales and events virtually and at our Rockefeller Plaza galleries in New York. Discover works from every category of Asian Art, from jade carvings from the Junkunc Collection, huanghuali furniture, Himalayan bronzes to paintings and prints by Hokusai, Tyeb Mehta, Francis Newton Souza and more.
South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art Online
Christie’s online auction of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art, taking place from 4-18 March, complements our live auction of works from this category, to be held in New York on 17 March. Together, these two sales celebrate a wide variety of artistic practices from the South Asian subcontinent and its diaspora across the 20th and 21st centuries.
The online sale includes excellent modern works on paper by artists Maqbool Fida Husain, Francis Newton Souza, Manjit Bawa, Prabhakar Barwe and Jogen Chowdhury, alongside those by their mentors and pioneers of regional schools like Abdul Rahman Chughtai, Walter Langhammer, Kamrul Hasan and Chittaprosad Bhattacharya. Rounding out the catalogue is a section of exceptional contemporary works by artists including Surendran Nair, Nilima Sheikh, Arpana Caur and Paresh Maity.
Japanese and Korean Art
The Japanese and Korean Art sale features, among its diverse selections, prints and paintings by ukiyo-e masters such as Kitagawa Utamaro and Utagawa Hiroshige, including an important Katsushika Hokusai painting and prints; rare Heian Period Kannon sculpture; modern and contemporary art by Shinoda Toko, Inoue Yuichi and Kato Gizan; selections of lacquer works, metalworks, screens and important Korean Works of Art.
Shang: Early Chinese Ritual Bronzes from the Daniel Shapiro Collection
Shang: Early Chinese Ritual Bronzes from the Daniel Shapiro Collection, features exceptional examples from China's formative Shang bronze culture from a renowned American collection formed over a span of twenty-five years. These sophisticated pieces provide a glimpse into the spiritual world and mysterious rituals of China's ancient culture and are among the world's most extraordinary works of art.
Leading the sale is The Luboshez Gong (estimate: US $4-6 million), a magnificent and highly important bronze ritual wine vessel. Dating to the 13th-12th century BC, the vessel combines a pouncing tiger with a standing owl forming a powerful, fantastic creature. Acquired by Captain S.N. Ferris Luboshez in Shanghai in 1948, few similar examples are known, one of which is in the Harvard Art Museums. Also of special interest is a rare ritual wine vessel with cover, fangyi, formerly in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Rafi Mottahedeh. The fangyi, a distinctive rectangular shape with elegantly tapered sides and a delicately rounded lid, is boldly decorated with striking taotie masks, flanked by a pair of long-tailed birds and confronting dragons divided by subtle flanges.
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