Asian Art Week of Christie’s New York will occur from 14 September to 29 September. There is a total of six sales and events – both virtually and at the Rockefeller Plaza galleries in New York. It will showcase artworks from different categories of Asian art, ranging from Himalayan bronzes, paintings and prints by Hokusai, a parcel-gilt silver ‘rhinoceros’ dish, huanghuali furniture, Tyeb Mehta and more.
Here is an overview of the sales, together with the highlight lots:
Japanese and Korean Art
Special sessions cover Japanese and Korean artworks such as paintings, porcelain, lacquerware and Buddha statues. This season brings paintings and prints by various Ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints and paintings) masters, such as Katsushika Hokusai, Toshusai Sharaku, Utagawa Hiroshige, as well as Kyoto Kiyomizu Sansaka Art Museum’s old Collection and the iron sculptures of the Edo period (1603-1867).
Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art
Features fine Himalayan Buddhist artworks and Indian paintings. The sale is led by one of the category’s highlights, 14-15th century Tibetan gilt bronze statue of Cakrasamvara and Vajravarahi.
South Asian Modern and Contemporary Indian Art
South Asian modern and contemporary art is mainly based in India. The section’s highlight is Indian artist Akbar Padamsee’s Untitled (Mirror Image), as well as more Tyeb Mehta’s Figure.
Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
All categories of Chinese antiques are included in these sales of Asian artworks. This season’s leading work is Tang Silver Partial Gilt Rhino Plate. In addition, huanghuali furniture (late Ming to early Qing dynasty, circa 16th-18th century), which was very popular in recent years, is also featured.
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), The Great Wave off Kanagawa | Woodblock prints
Sale: Japanese and Korean Art Created in 1831 Estimate: US$150,000 – $200,000
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Kajikazawa in Kai Province | Polychrome woodblock print
Sale: Japanese and Korean Art Created in circa 1830-1831 Provenance: Ernest Archibald Taylor (1874-1951) Estimate: US$80,000 – $120,000
Large gilt bronze statue of Cakrasamvara and Vajravarahi | Dansati Monastery in central Tibet
Created in second half of 14th century – first half of 15th century Height: 31.3 cm Provenance: New York Private Collection, 1970s Sale: Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art Estimate: US$1,000,000 – $1,500,000
Tyeb Mahta (1925-2009), Figure | Oil on canvas
90.2 x 64.8 cm Created in 1961 Sale: South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art Estimate: US$200,000 – $300,000
Akbar Padamsee (1928-2020), Untitled (Mirror Image) | Oil on canvas
121.9 x 243.8 cm, diptych Created in 2005 Sale: South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art Estimate: US$600,000 – $800,000
Silver Partial-Gilt Rhino Plate
Created in Tang dynasty (618-907 CE) Diameter: 15.2 cm Weight: 315g Provenance:
Bo Gyllensvard, Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1953
Sotheby’s London, “Masterpieces of Chinese Precious Metalwork, Early Gold and Silver” Auction Sale, 14 May 2018, Lot 59
Sale: Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Estimate: US$1,000,000 – $1,500,000
Silver animal pattern adorned bowl
Created in Tang dynasty (618-907 CE) Diameter: 16.5 cm Weight: 331g Sale: Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Estimate: US$900,000 – $1,200,000
Ornamented Jade Tiger
Created in Late Shang dynasty (1600-1046 BCE) Length: 11.1 cm Sale: Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Estimate: US$300,000 – $500,000
A pair of important 17th century huanghuali dali marble | Inset horseshoe-back armchairs
Created in Late Ming to early Qing dynasty (circa 16th-18th century) 95.8 x 59 x 48.3 cm Provenance: Nicholas Grindley Ltd., London, 1987 Sale: Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Estimate: US$600,000 – 800,000
12 symbol Kesi Dragon Robe
Created in Qianlong-Jiaqing period (1735-1820) 222.3 x 146.1 cm Sale: Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Estimate: US$100,000 – 150,000
Lama bronze sculpture
Created in 18th century | Tibet, China Length: 22.2 cm Provenance: 10 December 1974 London Sotheby’s Auctrion, Lot 34 Sale: Asia! (Asian Art) Estimate: US$7,000 – 9,000
Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806), Portrait of Courtesan: Shinateru of the Okamoto House | Woodblock print
Created in circa 1797 Sale: From Artist to Woodblock: Japanese Prints, Online Sale Estimate: US$10,000 – $20,000
Katsushika Hokusai | Ejiri in Suruga Province from the series Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji
Created in circa 1830-1832 Sale: From Artist to Woodblock: Japanese Prints, Online Sale Estimate: US$2,000 – 3,000
Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), “Mishima River in Mutsu”, from the “Souvenirs of Travel I” series | Woodblock print
Created in Summer 1919 Sale: From Artist to Woodblock: Japanese Prints, Online Sale Estimate: US$8,000 – $12,000
Russian art curators have reportedly led raids on approximately 30 Ukrainian museums since last years invasion, guiding the pilfering of ancient artifacts from the war-torn country.
Across Ukraine, museums have been looted of their famed Scythian artifacts, which were left behind when the Eastern Iranian nomadic people migrated from Central Asia to modern-day Ukraine and Southern Russia between the 7th and 3rd century BC, according to the Sunday Times of London.
The raids have reportedly led to the theft of Scythian ornaments, sculptures, paintings, icons and busts worth millions.
“The orders are coming from someone pretty high up in the Kremlin,” said Sir Antony Beevor, the historian and author of “Russia: Revolution and Civil War” told the Sunday Times. “Putin’s propaganda is that Ukraine as a country doesn’t exist, it’s part of Russia — so they can grab anything they want.”
Others see the raids as a way for Russia to wipe out Ukraine’s cultural identity.
“It’s a deliberate policy to destroy the historical memory of the Ukrainian people,” said Alexsandr Symonenko, a Ukrainian archaeologist and Scythian specialist at Ukraine’s National Academy of Sciences.
The first raid came last March, shortly after Russia’s invasion, when a curator was kidnapped and thousands of pieces of artwork were stolen during the occupation of Mariupol and Melitopol.
Russian troops stole nearly 200 items from the Museum of Local Lore in Melitopol, including multiple 2,300-year-old gold pieces from the Scythian empire, according to the Museums Association.
The objects were reportedly selected by a man in a white coat who broke into the basement of the museum with Russian soldiers and selected what to steal with “long tweezers and special gloves,” said Leila Ibrahimova, the caretaker of the museum.
The largest Russian art heist targeted the Kherson Regional Art Museum where five trucks were used to steal over 15,000 pieces of artwork.
One canvas was too large to take, so it was left at the door, and an ancient cannon was also left behind because it was too heavy to move.
“It felt like I was losing my mind, that I was in a bad dream,” said the museum director, Alina Dotsenko. “It was terribly painful to see it so empty, this museum that was my pride, my love, my life.”