Fall Auction Season To Be Packed With Chinese Arts, From Antiquities To Contemporary Pieces
Carol Vogel writes today in the New York Times about the upcoming Sotheby’s auction of pieces (to be held September 16), which includes many pieces of Chinese furniture and artwork from the collection of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler — “the psychiatrist and philanthropist who became one of the leading art collectors in the United States.” Vogel points out that this sale will offer not only Chinese works but valuable works from Sackler’s extensive collection of European Impressionists and sculptures as well.
Of course, to us, it is the sale of some of Sackler’s enviable collection of Chinese art and furniture that is the most interesting. According to Art Daily, this Sackler auction includes many rare and exotic pieces dating back as far as the 17th century:
Leading off the series of sales is a fine group of approximately 40 lots of Chinese Furniture from the Collections of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler. Mostly of huanghuali wood and dating to the 17th and 18th centuries – late Ming and early Qing dynasties – among the highlights is a Rare and Important Pair of Huanghuali Compound Cabinets and Two-Drawer Stands, 17th century (est. $120/180,000). Three-part cabinets of this size and quality were reserved only for the wealthiest and most prominent families, and their rarity is enhanced by the fact that very few sets have survived together into modern times. Each component features matching aprons and feet, details that are extremely rare for compound furniture of this type. The extensive selection of furniture in the Sackler furniture group also includes a Rare Huanghuali Daybed, 17th century, (est. $80/120,000); and a Pair of Huanghuali Yokeback Armchairs, 17th century, (est. $60/80,000).
In addition to furniture, the Sackler sale also includes a small group of Chinese archaic bronze vessels and other works of art.
In addition to these fine furniture pieces, Art Daily points out that the auction will include Chinese ceramics, jades, and traditional paintings, many of which come from the Estate of Eugene Y.C. Sung (1915-2005):
The sale will also comprise a selection of Chinese paintings lead by a Zheng Xie (1693-1765) ink and color on paper work depicting Orchids and Bamboo (est. $150/250,000). Executed on a large scale and indeed one of the largest works known by the artist, it is a classic example of 18th century scholar painting. Zheng was renowned for his paintings of bamboo, orchids and rocks, and this painting demonstrates his mastery of expressive, calligraphic brushwork.