Bonhams reveals secret treasures of Asian Art Week in New York



2016-08-16 09:19:54

Bonhams has revealed details of its forthcoming week of Asian Art sales in New York, which includes rare and important works from China, Japan and Korea.

The series of sales kicks off on September 12 with 'A Taste for the Remarkable: The John and Celeste Fleming Collection of Chinese Furniture and Works of Art'.

The single-owner sale features 20 lots of huanghuali and zitan wood furniture, dating from the 16th-18th century, along with early Chinese metalwork. Leading the collection is a highly rare huanghuali four-poster bed, late Ming dynasty, which is expected to sell for $250,000-$400,000.

These rare pieces were acquired during the mid-1990s directly from the internationally-renowned dealer Grace Wu Bruce, one of the world's leading authorities on Ming furniture.

"The Fleming collection is a testament to the highly refined tastes of a beloved Denver philanthropic couple guided by major figures in the field of Chinese furniture and works of art," said Dessa Goddard, Head of Asian Art for Bonhams North America.

Next up will be a sale of over 140 rare Chinese snuff bottles, with fresh-to-the-market examples sourced from major American private collections, followed by Chinese Works of Art and Paintings,  which includes paintings, calligraphy, fine silk textiles, archaic bronze vessels, jades and scholar's rocks.

On September 14 the auction house will host the season's only dedicated sale of Japanese and Korean art, with more than 320 lots including Meiji period masterpieces from the studios of Ando Jubei, Namikawa Yasuyuki, Namikawa Sosuke and Yabu Meizan. 

Elsewhere, the week-long event will include an exhibition preview of the upcoming Hong Kong sale entitled 'Images of Devotion: Including Masterpieces from the Collection of Ulrich von Schroeder'.

The Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian department's inaugural sale in Hong Kong will offer more than 20 highly important works, including a monumental 13th century Tibetan brass deity figure regarded as "the most important surviving Tibetan brass sculpture of any period", estimated at $2.8 - $3.6 million.

The Bonhams Asian Art Week of events runs in New York from September 9-16.

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