Christie’s New York | Asian Art Week in September: highlights and program | Auctions News | THE VALUE

In September, Asia Week New York will be held at major international auction houses.

Christie’s will hold nine fine art sales – five live auctions and four online auctions. Some of them are part of prestigious collections such as John C. and Susan L. Huntington, Romi Lamba and David Drabkin. Also, works of art such as ceramics, Buddhist sculptures, paintings, and Japanese and Korean art are included.

Highlights include a 14th-century Chinese octagonal vase, a 15th-16th century Tibetan mandala painting, and a modern Indian painter, Francis Newton Souza’s painting from the late 20th century.

Here is an overview of the sales, as well as the flagship lots:

Live Auctions:

Japanese and Korean art

A traditional sale during Asia Week in New York, it features various Japanese and Korean works, including samurai weapons and armor, as well as Japanese swords from the Kaisendo Museum collection.

Leading the sale is a 12th-century Korean celadon-glazed stoneware ewer. Alongside this work, there is a 16th-17th Century Katana with Legendary Swordsman The name of Nagasone Okisato Nyudo is engraved on it and Japanese armor from the 18th and 19th centuries.


The John C. and Susan L. Huntington Collection

In this sale, Himalayan and South Asian works of art by two eminent scholars of the history of Buddhist and Asian art – John and Susan Huntington – are featured.

Together, the American couple contributed to these scholarly fields for 40 years as professors at Ohio State University. The most expensive lots are two Tibetan works – a 15th-16th century mandala painting, as well as a figure of Vajrakilaya and wife in gilded bronze.


Figure Centering: Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art from the Romi Lamba Collection

Born in India and educated in the United States, Lamba moved to Hong Kong in the 1990s. Built up over 30 years, its collection offers works by 20th century artists from the South Asian subcontinent.

In this sale, works by modern and contemporary masters such as Arpita Singh and Maqbool Fida Husain are featured. Many paintings are auctioned for the first time and largely unseen in public.


South Asian modern and contemporary art

Another traditional sale during Asia Art Week is modern and contemporary art from South Asia. Featuring works from the 20th and 21st centuries, the highlight includes Untitled (Citadel with flag) – a landscape painting by the eminent Indian artist Francis Newton Souza.


Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

This sale includes works from prominent private collections – such as JM Hu Zande Lou.

JM Hu, the master of the Zande Lou (the Temporary enjoyment studio), was best known for its collection of ceramics from the imperial kilns from the 14th to the 20th century. Alongside this collection are the collection of Chinese jade sculptures by T. Eugene Worrell, the collection of Asian art by David Drabkin and the collection of Chinese ceramics by Ehime Bunkakan.

Highlights include a large gilt-decorated celadon glazed vase from the early 18th century, an octagonal molded and bisque-preserved longquan celadon vase from the 14th century, and a pair of huanghuali horseshoe-backed armchairs from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Céladon enamelled stoneware ewer

Created during the Goryeo dynasty (12th century)
Sale: Japanese and Korean Art

Estimate: $130,000 to $160,000

Nagasone Katana

Signed Nagasone Okisato Nyudo
Edo period (16th-17th century)
Sale: Japanese and Korean Art

Estimate: 50,000 to 70,000 USD

Green Laced Gamaido Gusoku (armor)

Edo period (18th-19th century)
Sale: Japanese and Korean Art

Estimate: 30,000 to 40,000 USD

Painting of a Shat Chakravati Mandala | Central Tibet

Created in the 15th-16th century
Sale: John C. and Susan L. Huntington Collection

Estimate: 400,000 to 600,000 USD

Gilt bronze figure of Vajrakilaya and consort | Tibet

Sale: John C. and Susan L. Huntington Collection

Estimate: 200,000 to 300,000 USD

Arpita Singh | A woman with another woman

Sale: Centering the Figure: Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art from the Collection of Romi Lamba

Estimate: 300,000 to 500,000 USD

Francis Newton Souza | Untitled (Citadel with flag)

Sale: Modern and Contemporary Art from South Asia

Estimate: 450,000 to 600,000 USD

Large Celadon Glaze Vase with Golden Decor, Ganlanping

Six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and from the Yongzheng period (1723-1735)
Sale: Important Ceramics and Chinese Works of Art

Estimate: $600,000 to $800,000

Molded Celadon and Reserved Biscuit Longquan Octagonal Vase, Meiping

Created in the 14th century
Sale: Important Ceramics and Chinese Works of Art

Estimate: $600,000 to $800,000

Pair of Huanghuali Horseshoe Back Armchairs

Created during the 17th-18th century
Sale: Important Ceramics and Chinese Works of Art

Estimate: 200,000 to 250,000 USD


Online sales:

Japanese and Korean Art Online

This season, this traditional online sale offers a diverse range of works – such as Japanese woodblock prints by Kasane Hasui and Utigawa Hiroshige, as well as a 19th century Korean two-tier chest. With most lots estimated at around US$10,000, this sale is suitable for new art collectors.


Indian and Himalayan Art Online with the John C. and Susan L. Huntington Collection (online sale)

In addition to the live auction, this sale also focuses on Buddhist art. Leading the sale is a 12th century Indian bronze figure of Namasanghiti Manjushri.


Thoughts Across the Water: Asian Art from the David Drabkin Collection (Online Sale)

An American lawyer and avid art collector, Drabkin first traveled to India to study before staying in Hong Kong and Japan. During his travels, he developed a passion for Asian art and collected a wide range of works mainly comprising Chinese artworks, Chinese paintings and Japanese art.

Highlights include a 16th-century monumental landscape attributed to Wang Shichang, a Jichimu corner-legged table, and Kano school screens. The most valuable lot in the sale is a Chinese painting attributed to the 13th-century painter Qian Xuan.


China Art Online

This online sale ranges from ceramics and jades to textiles and landscape paintings. A pair of 19th and 20th century Imperial famille rose vases with yellow and purple floral motifs are the highlights of the sale.


Utagawa Hiroshige | Yoshiwara Hidari Fuji (Yoshiwara: Mount Fuji on the left), Color woodcut

Sale: Japanese and Korean Art Online

Estimate: $1,000-2,000

Kawase Hasui | Kishu Toro

Sale: Japanese and Korean Art Online

Estimate: $1,000 2,000

Bronze figure inlaid with silver and copper by Namasanghiti Manjushri | India

Created during the Pala period (12th century)
Sale: Indian and Himalayan Art Online with the John C. and Susan L. Huntington Collection (online sale)

Estimate: 80,000 to 120,000 USD

Attributed to Qian Xuan | flower basket

Created in the 15th-16th century
Sale: Thoughts Across the Water: Asian Art from the David Drabkin Collection (Online Sale)

Estimate: $25,000 35,000

Pair of Pastel Floral Garlic Head Vases with Dayazhai Grisaille Decor and Violet Famille Rose Background

Created in the late Qing Dynasty – Republic period (circa 19th-20th century)
Sale: Art from China online

Estimate: $7,000-9,000

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