Bonhams Announces Global Asian Art Sales in July 2020

This July, Bonhams will present a series of six Asian Art sales across its global salerooms in London, Hong Kong, New York and Los Angeles. Featuring a wide array of rare works spanning centuries of Asian artistry and ingenuity, the six sales comprise: Fine Chinese Paintings on 7 July (Hong Kong), Fine Chinese Paintings and Works of Art on 21 July (New York), Fine Japanese and Korean Art, including Property from the Collection of Drs. Edmund and Julie Lewis on 22 July (New York), and Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art on 23 July (New York); Refined Pursuits: Fine and Decorative Chinese Art on 26 July (Los Angeles); and Asian Art on 28 and 29 July (London, Knightsbridge).

Additional sales will take place in September as part of Bonhams' marquee Asian Art sale week this fall in New York. More details will be announced in due course.

Preview and bidding will be done in accordance with the latest government guidelines. This includes the option, when necessary, of an appointment-only preview and a 'behind-closed-doors' auction, where an auctioneer will be present on the rostrum, and bids will be accepted in the following formats: online, on the phone, or by leaving an absentee bid.

Fine Chinese Paintings
7 July at 11am (Part 1) and 2pm (Part 2) (local time)
Hong Kong

Bonhams Fine Chinese Paintings Sale in Hong Kong presents a rare group of eleven fresh-to-the-market works by the modern master of Chinese paintings Xu Beihong (1895-1953) and his top pupils. In 1946, the four young artists – Zhang Qianying, Fei Chengwu, Zhang Anzhi, and Chen Xiaonan – were selected by their teacher Xu Beihong to leave the war-torn China to study abroad. New to a foreign land for the first time in their lives, the students were funded and looked after by The Universities' China Committee in London (UCCL), an educational charitable trust established in 1925 to promote cultural exchange, Chinese studies and language teaching in Britain. In gratitude for the hospitality received, this group of paintings was assembled by the artists and presented to the UCCL and have since been carefully maintained for decades. Highlights from this collection include Xu Beihong's (1895-1953) Magpies on Autumn Branches (estimate: HK$2,200,000–2,800,000) and Zhang Anzhi's (1911-1990) Looking Out (estimate: HK$150,000–200,000).

Fine Chinese Paintings and Works of Art
21 July at 10am (local time)
New York

Bonhams sale of Fine Chinese Paintings and Works of Art in New York features a series of exceptional classical and modern paintings, furniture, bronzes, ceramics, and more. Highlighting the sale is Portrait of Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy attributed to Lam Qua, the best-known nineteenth century Cantonese artist working in the Western manner, circa 1844 (estimate: US$70,000-90,000) from the Kelton Trust, Landscape in the style of Yuan Jiang (estimate: US$30,000-50,000) bearing a Yiqin Wangbao Collector's seal of Prince Yi; a rare imperial midnight-blue embroidered yardage for an emperor's surcoat, Gunfu 18th/early 19th century (estimate: US$25,000-30,000) and a fine group of huanghuali furniture and scholar's objects from the collection of Florence and Herbert Irving.

Fine Japanese and Korean Art, including Property form the Collection of Drs. Edmund and Julie Lewis
22 July at 10am (local time)
New York

The sale of Fine Japanese and Korean Art in New York presents works from a variety of collecting categories including Buddhist sculptures, ceramics, lacquers, cloisonné, screens and paintings, and arts of the samurai. Featured in the Japanese section are a rare and important kawari kabuto (eccentrically shaped helmet) in the form of the Shinto deity Izuna Gongen, early 17th century (estimate: US$100,000-150,000), a fine articulated silver model of a carp, by Takase Kozan (early 20th century) (estimate: US$50,000–70,000); an oban tate-e print entitled Kamisuki – meaning 'combing the hair' – from the Showa era (estimate: US$8,000–12,000); and a large wood figure of Tamonten (Kubera, 10th century) (estimate: US$15,000-20,000). Highlights from the Korean Art section include a 10-panel screen of the Diamond mountains, Joseon dynasty (19th century) (estimate: US$30,000–50,000).

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art
23 July at 10am (local time)
New York

The Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art sale features over 50 lots including a superb gilt bronze sculpture from the recently rediscovered Khasa Malla kingdom of 13th-/14th-century western Tibet and Nepal. The gilt copper alloy figure of Shadakshari Lokeshvara, Khasa Malla, circa 1300-1350 has an estimate of US$200,000–300,000). This immaculate and published sculpture is the only thus far known to bear an inscription that states it was commissioned by a Khasa Malla king. Another important highlight, apt for our times, is an embroidered silk thangka of the Buddha of Healing, Qing Dynasty, late 18th/ early 19th century (estimate: US$50,000-70,000). The Buddha of Healing (also known as The Medicine Buddha or Bhaisajyaguru) is worshipped in order to be healed by medicine and teachings. To make an image out of luxurious silk was considered all the more valuable in China, and the present work is carefully assembled with pendant seed pearls and coral, turquoise and lapis beads.

Refined Pursuits: Fine and Decorative Chinese Art
26 July at 11am (local time)
Los Angeles

Bonhams sale of Asian Art in California will comprise 300 lots of Chinese Works of Art, including a fine group of underglaze copper red 18th century porcelains from a California estate, two private snuff bottle collections, Ming and Qing dynasty bronzes and scholars objects and a large group of jade toggles and carvings from private collections. A group of Qing dynasty academic paintings will be featured, along with a small group of paintings by C. C Wang from the collection of Jeanette Hsu Zhenyu.

Asian Art
28–29 July (in two parts) at 10am (local time)
London, Knightsbridge

The Knightsbridge sale of Asian Art presents a fine selection of over 600 items of jades, ceramics, textiles and works of arts, including an important group of ancient pottery wares from The Professor Conrad Harris Collection of Early Chinese Art. From the Neolithic to the Song Dynasty, this scholarly collection of Chinese pottery spans numerous rare and classic examples. Highlights include a large and rare grey pottery model of a long-eared owl, Western Han Dynasty (estimate: £3,000-5,000), an amber glazed marbled pottery tripod dish, Tang Dynasty (estimate: £4,000-6,000), and a Yueyao olive green glazed 'lion' vessel, Western Jin Dynasty (estimate: £5,000-8,000). The sale also features eight paintings from a set depicting scenes from the famous novel 'Dream of the Red Chamber' (estimate: £6,000-8,000).


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