Asia Week March 2017, Christie's Fine Chinese Works of Art- a Few Highlights
Be sure to browse all of the catalogs, Asia Week March 2017 at Christie's NYC should be a very exciting time.
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A few of our favorite things at Christie's For Asia Week March 2017 in New York
Asia Week March 2017, Fine Chinese Works of Art
Asia Week March 2017 is upon us and we've seen some great things being offered and thought it would be fun to share. On offer are a number of terrific collections including great bronzes, fine formal furniture, some rare jades, and porcelain.
Among a few of the best, we think, are being shared here. Feel free to browse the catalogs on the left-hand column for more about each sale.
Asia Week March 2017 , Selected listings.
Lot 233 A LARGE AND IMPORTANT BLACK STONE FIGURE OF LOKANATHA AVALOKITESHVARA
NORTHEASTERN INDIA, PALA PERIOD, 12TH CENTURY 58 in. (147.4 cm) high This preeminent bodhisattva of Mahayana (the Great Vehicle) Buddhism, which developed in India during the early centuries of the Common Era, the Lotus-bearer (Padmapani) has remained an inspiration among the followers of this particular form of the religion. As a result, he has a wide variety of iconographic forms in both India and all other countries of Asia where his cult spread, as is clear from the surviving archaeological and literary evidence. He was especially venerated in the region of present day Bihar, West Bengal and Bangladesh in the Indian subcontinent between the 8th and 12th centuries from where numerous images of the deity have survived but few as monumental as the one that is the principal subject of this essay. Although created nine centuries ago, the afterlife of the object in the west in the 20th century brings us to the second component of our title: the “mortal curator.” Asia Week March 2017
Lot~1090 A LARGE PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE ‘DRAGON’ VASE AND COVER 18TH-19TH CENTURY
The fattened pear-shaped vase is encircled by a three-clawed dragon pursuing a faming pearl above a chilong on one narrow side and clouds on the other. The front is inscribed with a four-line inscription and a Qianlong yuti four-character mark, and the cover is surmounted by a coiled dragon. The greenish-white stone has some natural pale inclusions incorporated into the carved design. 11Ω in. (29.2 cm.) high, hongmu stand. Asia Week March 2017
Lot 208 217 A LARGE COPPER-INLAID BRONZE FIGURE OF A KAGYU LAMA
TIBET, 14TH CENTURY 12 in. (30.5 cm.) high This impressively sized bronze fgure depicts a Kagyu Lama seated in vajraparyankasana, with one hand in his lap while the other touches the lotus base on which he rests. He wears robes typical of Kagyu monks – a ftted vest with the armhole cut wide for comfort, a robe draped over his torso, leaving his right arm bare and spilling over his lap in elegant folds and a thick, warm cape resting on his shoulders and otherwise open. The vest is inlaid with copper simulating beading along neckline and armhole, and the hems of the robe are similarly inlaid, incised to mimic richly brocaded borders. Asia Week March 2017
Lot 15 WANG SHIMIN (1592-1680) Clear Stream from the Forest
Scroll, mounted for framing, ink and color on silk 45 x 22 Ω in. (114.3 x 57.2 cm.) Inscribed and signed, with one seal of the artist Dated autumn, gengzi year (1660) Dedicated to Zichong One collector’s seal Colophon by Zhao Shigang (1874-1945) on the mounting, with two seals Dated mid-summer, yichou year (1925) $160,000-260,000 Zhao Shigang (1874-1945) was a painter, calligrapher, educator, and scholar of the classics from Zhejiang province during the late Qing-early Republic period. He was especially accomplished as a seal carver and epigrapher, and his fame rivaled that of Wu Changshuo (1844-1927) in these areas. After the Republic of China was established, Zhao moved to Shanghai and lived as a recluse. Asia Week March 2017
Lot 847 A VERY RARE GILT-BRONZE FELINE-FORM ORNAMENT
NORTH CHINA, 1ST-2ND CENTURY AD The fnely cast feline is shown gracefully prowling with head turned to the side and right fore-paw raised, the end of the tail hidden behind the right rear paw. Two pins project from the almost fat reverse. 4¿ in. (10.5 cm.) long, box. Asia Week March 2017
Lot 818 A VERY RARE AND IMPORTANT BRONZE HORSE HARNESS FRONTLET
NORTHWEST CHINA, 6TH CENTURY BC The harness ftting is well cast in relief as a stylized bovine head with a broad nose below deep, curved grooves that frame the almond-shaped eyes and lead to the small heart-shaped ears below the upswept horns that curve outward at the tips. Two horizontal attachment loops are next to each other in the center of the plain reverse. The front has a smooth, mottled reddish-brown patina. 8º in. (21 cm.) wide, stand. Asia Week March 2017
Lot 502 A LONGQUAN CELADON CARVED JAR AND COVER
YUAN DYNASTY, 14TH CENTURY The jar is carved around the sides with lotus scroll above a border of upright lotus petals. The lotus leaf-form cover is carved with two lotus fowers joined by intertwined tendrils around the stem-form fnial. The whole is covered with a glaze of attractive pale bluish celadon tone ending at the foot, revealing an unglazed area which has fred dark orange and cants inward towards the inset base. 12æ in. (32.4 cm.) high, Japanese wood box. Asia Week March 2017
Lot 524-A MAGNIFICENT AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL AND COVER, FANGLEI
LATE SHANG DYNASTY, ANYANG, 13TH-11TH CENTURY BC The decoration on each of the four sides of the high-shouldered, tapering body is arranged in horizontal registers divided by vertical fanges which are repeated at the corners. The two lower registers are cast in relief with large taotie masks, one of which is centered by a D-shaped handle surmounted by an animal mask. In the register above, a forehead shield symbolizing a taotie mask is fanked by a pair of birds, which are repeated on the rectangular neck. The rounded shoulder is cast with pairs of dragons separated on two sides by an animal mask in high relief, and on the other two, narrower sides, with a pair of animal-mask-surmounted, D-shaped handles that suspend loose rings cast with four eye patterns. All of the decoration is cast in crisp relief and reserved on leiwen grounds. The surface has a dark green patina. 25 in. (63.5 cm.) high, gold and silver-inlaid wood stand, Japanese double wood box Asia Week March 2017
Lot~607 A RARE PAIR OF HUANGHUALI HORSESHOEBACK ARMCHAIRS, QUANYI
17TH CENTURY Each has a sweeping crestrail terminating in outswept handles, that is supported on an attractively-grained C-form splat fnely carved with a ruyi-form medallion enclosing a pair of confronting dragons and fanked by shaped spandrels. The mat seat is set within the rectangular frame above shaped aprons carved with conjoined leafy scroll and shaped spandrels. The legs of rounded square section are joined by stepped stretchers and a foot rest above a plain apron. 38æ in. (98.3 cm.) high, 26 in. (66 cm.) wide, 24æ in. (62.9 cm.) deep
Lot 1237 A VERY RARE FAMILLE ROSE ‘HUNDRED DEER’ VASE
QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795) The hu-form vase is fnely decorated in delicate enamels with a continuous scene of bucks, does and fawns amidst rocks and trees, and with mountains in the distance. A wide river shown as a large expanse of white separates the scene, and the deer in the foreground on the near shore are depicted as larger in size than those in the distance on the far shore creating an unusual sense of perspective. The shoulders are set with a pair of stylized dragon handles decorated in iron-red and gilt and the interior of the neck is covered with turquoise enamel below the gilded rim. The base is drilled and has the remnants of a Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue. 17Ω in. (44.5 cm.) high
Lot 613~A VERY RARE HUANGHUALI CIRCULAR INCENSE STAND, XIANGJI, THE DE SANTOS INCENSE STAND
16TH-17TH CENTURY The circular top is ftted into a molded frame above the tall waist and beaded, shaped aprons carved with scrollwork and stylized ruyi above each leg. The whole is raised on three elegantly shaped cabriole legs, further carved with stylized ruyi, and terminating in upturned foliate feet and joined by a circular base stretcher raised on small bracket feet. 37Ω in. (95.3 cm.) high, 17æ in. (45.1 cm.) diam.
Lot 1185 A RARE LARGE BLUE AND WHITE ‘SHOU-CHARACTER’ JAR
WANLI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1573-1619) The heavily potted, high-shouldered body is decorated with a pattern of shou roundels reserved on a ground of dense lotus scroll with small fowers and scrolling tendrils, above a band of linked ruyi heads at the base, and the short neck is encircled by an unusual pattern of conjoined lotus buds. The reign mark is within a recessed roundel in the center of the base. 18Ω in. (47.2 cm.) high
Lot~1078 AN UNUSUAL JADE CARVING OF A MELON AND AN IMPERIAL ZITAN BOX AND COVER
18TH CENTURY The white stone is well carved as a lobed melon borne on a leafy, fowering vine that trails down one side and bears a smaller melon of enhanced green color. The leaves are picked out in brown and russet, as is a butterfy below the small melon. The zitan box and cover is carved with a butterfy in fight amidst leafy, fowering stems of begonia reserved on a cloud diaper ground The jade 3¡ in. (8.5 cm.) high, the box 4æ in. (12 cm.) long Xu Hanqing (1882-1961) Collection. The Xu Hanqing Collection; Christie’s New York, 15 September 2011, lot 933.