| Aug 16, 2012 |
Christie's announces Asian Art Week sales
Boh staff
By Staff

Over three days in September, Christie's will host five sales in New York that will include 1,100 lots valuing a total of $25 million. Here's a preview of what's coming on the block.

Japanese and Korean Art, September 11 at 2:00 p.m.: The 200 lots in this sale will include medieval book and modern paintings. An early 17th century fusama, or interior sliding doors, by Hasegawa Tonin, entitled "Egrets and Ducks in a Winter Landscape" (pictured below), is among the highlights of the Japanese portion, with an estimate of $250,000-$300,000.

Pictured below is a 1962 picture by Park Sookeun, "Tree and Three Figures, 1962" in its original frame, and just one of the modern works by highly collected artists on the block.

South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art, September 12 at 10:00 a.m.: With 120 works and individual estimates between $1,500 and $600,000, this sale will includes contemporary works from celebrated artists such as Subodh Gupta, Alwar Balsubramaniam, T. V. Santhosh, Nalini Malani, Rina Banerjee and Zarina. Balsubramaniam's untitled work pictured below captures his interest in the interaction between space and form.

The sale will also feature several works by modern and contemporary Pakistani artsists including Ismail Guljee, Anwar Shemza, Shezad Dawood, Khadim Ali, and Tazeen Qayyum

Indian and Southeast Asian Art, September 12 at 2:00 p.m.: 120 lots of great rarity and significance from Gandhara, Nepal, Tibet and India, including this gray schist figure of a standing Buddha, characteristic of Gandharan art (pictured below). It dates from the 2nd century, and carries an estimate of $400,000-$600,000.

In the Pursuit of Knowledge: Asian Art Reference Books, includes selections from the C.T. Loo library, September 13 at 10:00 a.m.: Chinese materials are the focus of these 120 books and periodicals, which includes selections from private American libraries. Chinese-born C.T. Loo was one of the most influential figures in the international trade of Chinese art in the first half of the 20th century, credited with developing the interest in Chinese art in America and Europe.

C.T. Loo. Photograph courtesy of Pagoda Paris

A two-part sale, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, September 13 at 2:00 p.m. and September 14 at 10:00 a.m.: These two sales will feature over 500 lots and are expected to take in over $15 million. This green jade brush pot dates from the Qjanlong period of the 18th century, and carries an estimate of $500,000-$800,000.

Pictured above is a 27-inch diameter rare blue and white fish jar from the Jiajing period (1522-1566), which carries an estimate of $200,000-$300,000 because of its rare dragon, typically depicted against waves or clouds.

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