News-Antique.com - Jan 17,2008 - Sotheby’s is pleased to announce its spring series of Asian sales in New York: Contemporary Art Asia: China Japan Korea on March 17th; Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art on March 18th; Modern Indian Art on March 19th; and Indian and Southeast Asian Works of Art, including Miniatures, on March 19th. The exhibitions will open to the public on March 13, 2008.
CONTEMPORARY ART ASIA: CHINA JAPAN KOREA
March 17, 2008
Sotheby’s spring sale of Contemporary Asian Art in New York will feature an important and monumental work by Cai Guo-Qiang Escalator: Explosion Project for Centre Pompidou, made of gunpowder on paper (pictured on page 2, est. $500/700,000*). The work was commissioned for the Centre Pompidou in 2003, drawing upon the museum’s infrastructure, for the exhibition “Alors, la Chine”. From Zhang Xiaogang’s enigmatic Bloodline Series is a work from 1996 depicting two Mao-suited youths in the
artist’s signature style in which he attempts to find continuity not only in Chinese culture but in the vast embrace of Chinese people themselves (est. $1/1.5 million). Rounding out the highlights is Zhang Wang’s stainless steel Artificial Rock #31, 2001, edition 3 of 3, a surreal contemporary sculpture inspired by classical scholar rocks (est. $180/250,000).
FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART
March 18, 2008
Highlighting the March sale in New York are two archaic bronzes, led by an outstanding and extremely rare archaic bronze wine vessel, Fang Yi, Western Zhou dynasty (est. $4/6 million). The four-sided vessel is boldly cast on each side in raised relief with a central taotie animal-mask panel. Another smaller extremely rare archaic bronze wine vessel, Fang Zun, Western Zhou dynasty, bears a similar four-sided form and taotie animal-masks but with a round neck and wide trumpet mouth, crisply cast with descending dragons on the neck and foot (est. $3/4 million). Another cornerstone of the sale is a magnificent and extremely rare pair of Huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs inlaid with mother-of-pearl, horn, ivory, amber and soapstone embellishments and dragons, 17th/18th century (est. $300/500,000). Exquisite ceramics from the Song, Jin, Yuan and early Ming dynasties are represented by the more than 30 lots from the Dexingshuwu Collection. Highlighting this collection is a fine and rare 'longquan' celadon carved pear-shaped bottle vase, (yuhuchunping), Hongwu period of the Ming dynasty (est. $300,000/500,000). The offerings of jade will include works from a Mid-Western Collector, including a fine and rare spinach-green jade brushpot, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (pictured here, est. $250/350,000). At over 6" high, the exterior is beautifully carved and undercut with four scholars and their acolytes in a mountainous landscape. A fine and rare white jade Mughal-style jar, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, will also be on offer from the same collection (est. $60/80,000). This delicately carved vessel, just under 6" high, bears twin acanthus and pendant flower-bud blossoms at the shoulder, and a floriform foot. Another highlight of the March sale is an outstanding 'doucai' five-lobed vase (meiping), Qianlong sealmark and period, of elegant five-lobed baluster form. At over 10" high, the