SHOWS, AUCTIONS & EXHIBITIONS
Asia Week March 2011 at Sotheby's New York
Informing the Eye of the Collector: Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art from J.T. Tai & Co.” 10am and 2pm
Sotheby’s Asia Week series of auctions will be led by the sale of the second part of one of the most important collections of Chinese works of art to have been offered at auction for several years. J.T. Tai left Shanghai in 1949 and moved to New York where he set up a gallery on Madison Avenue. He was a remarkable and exotic addition to the New York art world and became perhaps the greatest of a new post war generation of Chinese art dealers. J.T. Tai sought out Chinese Works of Art collectors who he identified as having both the resources and enthusiasm to create sensational collections. The two with whom he had a particularly close relationship were Avery Brundage and Arthur Sackler, who would go on to assemble two of America’s greatest Asian art collections. Both of these collections are now housed in major museums - the Avery Brundage Collection forms the core of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and the Sacker collection is housed in the Arthur M Sackler Gallery in Washington DC. Among the highlights from the sale is A Fine And Rare Blue And White Bowl, Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period (est. $800,000/1.2 million).
Wednesday 23rd March - AUCTION
“Harmony of Form, Serenity of Color: A Private Collection of ‘Song’ Ceramics.” 10am
This single owner sale celebrates the timeless beauty of ‘Song’ ceramics. A highlight of the 83 superb objects in the sale is A Fine and Extremely Rare ‘Xingyao’ Ewer from the 10th Century (est.$400/600,000). Further highlights include A Fine ‘Ding’ Dish, Northern Song Dynasty formerly in the Toguri Collection, Japan, (est. $500/700,000) and A Rare Russet-Splashed Black-
Glazed Truncated ‘Tuluping’, also from the Northern Song Dynasty, and formerly in the Hellner Collection (est. $100/150,000).
Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. 11:30am (approx) and 2pm
The auction will include over 200 lots of jades, porcelain, furniture and paintings with an estimate of around $9 million. Among the highlights are A Fine and Rare Large Imperial Zitan Long Table (Tiaoan), Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period estimated at
$500/700,000 and A Well-Carved Celadon Jade Brushpot, Qing Dynasty, 18th/19th Century, which leads the jade in the
sale, and is expected to realise $300/400,000.
Thursday 24th March - AUCTION
Indian and South East Asian Works of Art. 10am
The highlight of the sale is a spectacular 10th century Cambodian Athlete sculpture which is 160 centimeters in height and exceptionally well carved. The splendid heroic figure is a mate to the Koh Ker–style athlete at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena that is almost identical in posture and physical appearance (est. $2/3 million). Other highlights include a monumental South Indian sculpture of the Goddess Sridevi (est. $120/180,000), an exquisite silver and copper inlaid Pala bronze from eastern India (est. $200/300,000) and a pair of exceptional Tibeto-Chinese gilt bronzes from the Qing Dynasty (est. $150/200,000 each). The sale also includes The Pearl Canopy of Baroda, a bejeweled masterpiece with over 900,000 ‘Basra’ pearls, glass beads and precious stones (est. $3/5 million).
Friday 25th March - AUCTION
Modern and Contemporary Indian and South Asian Art. 10am
The sale will be led by one of the most important works by Akbar Padamsee ever to have appeared on the market - Untitled
(Reclining Nude) which is expected to fetch $500/700,000. This monochrome work from 1960 was acquired by the current
owners from the artist and has never before appeared at auction. Other highlights include Prakriti by Sayed Haider Raza from
2000, estimated to fetch $500/700,000, an Untitled 1956 work by MF Husain with an estimate of $400/600,000 and Untitled, a Subodh Gupta painting from 2007 (est. $200/300,000).
Lectures and Other Events
LECTURE - Emma C. Bunker: “Power and Sensuality: The Best of Khmer Art.” Saturday 19 March, 5.30pm
PANEL DISCUSSION - “Stuart Cary Welch: Scholar, Curator, Collector, his life and Legacy.” Sunday 20 March, 10:30am
LECTURE - Regina Krahl: “Song Ceramics: Inspiration for Qing Imperial Porcelain.” Sunday 20 March, 4:30pm
THE KHOJ BOOK LAUNCH AND PANEL DISCUSSION - “The Evolving Contemporary Art Framework in South Asia.”
Tuesday 22 March, 6pm
All exhibitions open on Friday 18 March at Sotheby’s York Avenue headquarters at 72nd Street. The exhibitions will be open from 10 am until 5 pm daily, and until 6pm on Saturday 19 March and Sunday 20 March.
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