Bonhams concluded its Asia Week with a total of $16.96 million, the highest total ever achieved for Asia Week at Bonhams New York, realized over six sales from March 19 to 21.
“This was a special season at Bonhams as we celebrated our 10th anniversary of Asia Week in New York. The successful results of our sales emphasized the continued strength of the market in a wide range of categories from Tibetan sculptures to Chinese classical works of art. We were also delighted to have presented a special non-selling exhibition showcasing Masterpieces of Japanese Art from a private collection,” said Dessa Goddard, US Head of Asian Art, Bonhams.
The Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art sale on March 19 and the evening sale of The Maitri Collection sale on March 20 totaled $11.2 million with the leading work achieving $1,392,500 – a 13th/ 14th century gilt copper figure of Shakyamuni Buddha, one of the largest Buddha bronzes thus far attributed to the lost Khasa Malla kingdom of Western Tibet and Western Nepal. In addition, the groundbreaking gilded 15th century Tibetan sculpture of the thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara realized $1,212,500. Other significant results were achieved by a rare Nepalese bronze of Manjusri Namansangiti of Heeramaneck provenance that sold for $672,500.
Edward Wilkinson, Global Head of Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art, commented: “Bonhams continues to offer the highest quality Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian art and demonstrates its position as the leader in this category. It was gratifying to see global interest and participation for works at all price levels, exemplified by the important 15th century Tibetan sculpture of the thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara, which sold for $1.2 million.”
The sales of Chinese Works of Art and Paintings and The Dr. Sylvan and Faith Golder Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles realized a total of $4.4 million, with the top lot – a beautiful hanging scroll of Red Peony, 1948 by Yu Feian selling for ten times its estimate at $348,500. A further strong price of $275,000 was achieved for an elegantly potted celadon-glazed double-gourd vase with a Qianlong seal mark and of the period, which was deaccessioned from the Currier Museum of Art.
The Fine Japanese and Korean Art and The Arno Ziesnitz Collection sale was highlighted by a highly important Meiji-era solid-gold short sword, which realized $187,500, and a Korean ten-panel screen depicting a bird’s eye view of Pyongyang from the Joseon dynasty, sold for $87,500.