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Asia Week New York 2016: Five Musts for the Asian Antiques Collector

bottleIf you’re suffering from the winter blues, then we’ve got the perfect antidote for you: it’s only a couple of weeks until Asia Week New York 2016!

From the 10th to the 19th of March, five auction houses, 46 galleries, and a number of museums in NYC will celebrate Asian antiques and art. Some of the rarest and most exquisite Chinese antiques, as well as other Asian antiques and works of art, will be either on display or up for auction. If you’re interested in viewing or buying Asian antiques in New York City, the organization Asia Week New York provides an informative website with an events calendar; a list of participating auction houses, galleries, and museums; recent news; and much more. In the meantime, we’ve selected five musts for the Asian Antiques Collector.

  1. Korea: 100 Years of Collecting at the Met, The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Department of Far Eastern Art was established in 1915, with only 65 works from Korea, then known as the “hermit kingdom.” Today, the Department includes a wide variety of works including paintings, ceramics, sculptures, and lacquer ware from the Bronze Age to today.
  2. Eight Transitional Treasures, Berwald Oriental Art: During the 50 years from the decline of the Ming dynasty in roughly 1620 to the establishment of the Manchurian Qing dynasty in 1670, Chinese porcelain manufacturing underwent significant changes, resulting in a number of truly brilliant pieces. One of the highlights of the exhibition is a Daoist Paradise Brushpot—unique because it depicts not simply one, but three related scenes.
  3. Select Paintings of Zhu Qizhan on the 20th Anniversary of his Death, China 2000 Fine Art: 10 paintings by this brilliant artist, credited with transforming modern Chinese painting, are on display. One of the most exquisite pieces is the hanging scroll Autumn Gourds, ink and color on paper, created in 1094.
  4. Masterworks from the Chinese Past, Gisèle Croës SA: This exhibition shows a number of works of art created from the Neolithic period to the Qing dynasty. Each work is representative of the highest level of artistic achievement of the time. A highlight is a beautiful bronze Nao bell from the Shang dynasty, one of the earliest percussion instruments in Chinese culture.
  5. Auction of Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from the Estate of Dr. Claus Virch, Sotheby’s: This auction brings a carefully curated selection of Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist decorative and ritual works of art. One of the most exquisite pieces is a sedimentary stone stele hand carved with scenes from the life of Buddha, created in Eastern India during the Pala period in the 11th and 12th century.


If you’re in NYC and you’re looking to sell any fine Asian antiques, contact Syl-Lee Antiques, the leading antique buyers in New York City. Whether it’s jade, coral, amber, porcelain, lacquer, bronzes, or furniture, we’re always looking for new treasures for our large network of Chinese antique buyers and Asian antiques buyers. And of course, if you’re interested in purchasing Asian pieces, we can be of service, too. Please visit our Asian antique buyer page for more information.


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