Freeman’s kicked off Asia Week with a packed Asian Arts auction on Saturday, September 14. The massive 750 lot sale attracted bidders from around the globe and saw a high volume of traffic during exhibition. Over the past 18 months, the auction house has achieved $11.8 million total at Asian Arts sales. The top lot from Saturday’s auction was a fine Chinese flambé-glazed bottle vase with a Qianlong impressed seal-mark of the period, which achieved $408,400. “The Qianlong period was a very a prosperous and culturally important time for China. Works from this period have achieved six to seven figures at Freeman’s and remain of particular interest to our buyers,” said Asian Arts Department Head and Specialist Richard Cervantes.
“Paintings from the Mi Chou Gallery Collection, Madison Avenue, New York,” lots 654-750, brought much interest as well. Seven contemporary paintings by Chen Qikuan (also spelled Chen Chi-Kwan) from the collection achieved $359,750 total. Another highlight was an important Chinese polychrome wood figure of Ksitigarbha bodhisattva, which sold for $134,500. The Ming Dynasty carving was sold from a private collection and in remarkable condition given it is 600-700 years old.
TOP 5 LOTS:
- Lot 78: Fine Chinese flambé-glazed bottle vase, yuhuchun, Qianlong impressed seal-mark and of the period sold for $408,400
- Lot 214: Important Chinese polychrome wood figure of Ksitigarbha bodhisattva Unicorn Beast sold for $134,500
- Lot 689: Chen Qikuan (Chen Chi-Kwan), Two panoramic paintings $92,500
- Lot 408: Chinese white jade vase and cover sold for $88,000
- Lot 682: Chen Qikuan (Chen Chi-Kwan), 1955, Ten Ink on Paper “Monkey” Paintings sold for $80,500