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DDFIA – Fostering the Understanding of Islamic Art

| March 30, 2015

Splendors of Shanghri LaIn 1993, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art was formed. It is the legacy of the American heiress,  horticulturist, and art collector Doris Duke (.  Today the foundation actively promotes the understanding of Islamic art through the management and preservation of Ms. Duke’s  Honolulu, Hawai‘i home,  Shangri La, that serves as a center for Islamic arts and […]

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H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Painting Hits $16.5 M

| March 23, 2015

Dorje Chang Buddha IIIAsia Week was full of surprises as a contemporary Chinese scroll painting by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, the highest ranking Buddhist leader in the world, soared to $16,500,000 at Gianguan Auctions during a sale that a featured traditional Buddhist art and splendors of the Qing Dynasty. “Lot 109, titled “Ink Lotus,” with two artists […]

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17th C. Ming Chairs Lead Robert H. Ellsworth Sale at Christies

| March 23, 2015

Robert H. EllsworthIn the highly watched Robert Hatfield Ellsworth sale at Christies that could have been toppled by a last minute law suit by the estate, the best selling lot was a set of four 17th-century Ming huanghuali horseshoe-back quanyi armchairs.  The price for the chairs: $9.68 million over eight times the high estimate of $1.2 million. Interestingly, the lot description in the catalog carried […]

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20 Masterpieces of Chinese Painting at Asian Art Museum

| March 23, 2015

Asian Art Museum logoSan Francisco’s Asian Art Museum offers “Exquisite Nature: 20 Masterpieces of Chinese Painting (14th-18th centuries.)” The works of art highlight key aspects of Chinese culture as captured in ink.   Beyond that, they illustrate the range of ink techniques that are fundamental to traditional Chinese painting. The exhibition features one of the most original landscapes, River […]

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Christie’s Jingqing Cai & Fine Art Agent William Hanbury Tenison In Conversaton

| March 19, 2015

Asian artWhen Christies’ Jingqing Cai, President of Christie’s China,  and Fine Art Agent and author William Hanbury Tenison sat down recently in front of fifty or so collectors to discuss the results of the auctions and the state of the Asian art market now, it came off as one of the unexpected highlights of Asia Week. […]

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Ayyam London Presents Sama Alshaibi: Sand Rushes In

| March 18, 2015

sebkhet sama alshaibiAyyam Gallery, the international source for contemporary middle eastern art, opens the London exhibiiton of United States-based, Palestinian-Iraqi artist Sama Alshaibi, on Thursday, March 26th. The exhibition runs through May 9th.  Curated by Isabella Ellaheh Hughes, the exhibition highlights Silsila (2009-present), an ongoing multimedia project by the artist. It  was shown as part of the Maldives Pavilion of the […]

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Art By HH Dorje Chang Buddha III, Qianlong & Xuande Emperors at Gianguan Auctions on Sunday, March 22nd

| March 18, 2015

Calligraphy in Couplet, hanging Scroll, ink-on-paper, inscribed and signed Hu Shi.Gianguan Auctions has announced the line of up classic and contemporary Chinese scroll paintings in its March 22nd Asia Week auction. More than 100 ink-on-paper and ink-on-silk works of art including figurative, calligraphy, ink splash and abstract works will command session one, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Highlights of the auction include a contemporary painting by H. […]

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Sotheby’s Announces Hong Kong Spring Sales Slate

| March 17, 2015

Sotheby's Hong KongIn the midst of Asia Week in New York and many are looking forward a few weeks to the Spring Sales Season in Hong Kong. Sotheby’s recently announced it’s line-up. On April 4th,  two sales are scheduled: A Private Single Owner Collection of Important Wines & Watches (Wine session) (Exhibition dates:  April 2–4) Modern & Contemporary […]

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Warring States and Han Dynasty Jade Subject of Asia Week Lecture

| March 9, 2015

Chinese archaic jadesThe archaic symbols of Chinese wealth as seen in art seems to be a universal theme permeating Asia Week lectures.  On Saturday, March 14th, Throckmorton Fine Art presents a lecture with Elizabeth Childs-Johnson on The Beauty of Jade During the Warring States period and the Han Dynasty ( 7th Century BC – 2nd Century BC.) – the first high […]

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China Institute Hosts Lecture on Chinese Archaic Bronzes at Gianguan Auctions Gallery

| March 9, 2015

Ram Head vesselAsia Week lectures kick off on Saturday, March 14th when China Institute hosts a discussion on the Sai Yang Tang Collection of archaic Chinese bronzes that are now on view at Gianguan Auctions New York. Presenter Kwong Lum, Chinese scholar, artist  and owner of Sai Yang Tang Collection, will explore the fascinating history of the […]

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