Scroll by Chinese Artist Guan Shanyue Achieves $461,000 at Asian Works of Art Auction on September 12, 2016
Sale Also Featured Paintings by Xu Beihong and Zhang Daqian
Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for the March 2017 Asian Works of Art Sale Scheduled During Asian Week New York
Doyle's auction of Asian Works of Art on September 12, 2016 showcased the arts of China, Japan and Southeast Asia from the Neolithic Period through the 20th century. Offerings included paintings, porcelain, jades, scholars' objects, furniture, bronzes and screens.
With competitive international bidding, the sale achieved an exceptionally strong total of $2,051,812, far surpassing its estimate of $897,900-1,277,700, with 71% sold by lot and 93% sold by value.
Highlighting the sale was a group of Chinese paintings by such prominent artists as Guan Shanyue, Xu Beihong and Zhang Daqian.
Guan Shanyue’s (1912-2000) paintings had a significant impact on the modernization of China’s art during the 20th century. He was taught to paint by his father, who was a school teacher and also a skilled artist. He was well educated and spent many years traveling through various provinces in west China. On his "journey of 1000 miles" he observed people’s daily life and scenery that became his inspiration for a distinct painting style. His works are well exhibited and published in the East and the West. He was represented in the sale by a scroll depicting a landscape, length 103 1/2 inches, from the Property of a Sarasota, Florida Collector. Competitive bidding on the scroll sent the price soaring to $461,000, more than doubling its estimate of $180,000-220,000.
Xu Beihong (1895-1953) is today considered one of the foremost modern masters of Chinese painting. Renowned for his horse paintings, Xu Beihong was among the most prominent and influential artists of his generation who moved from traditional painting styles into new artistic expressions for a modern China. Among the highlights of the sale was a horse painting after Xu Beihong from a Sarasota, Florida Collector that sold for $173,000, many times its estimate of $30,000-50,000.
Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) was both a renowned painter and avid collector of Chinese paintings. In the past five years Zhang Daqian has become the one of the most sought-after Chinese artists at auction in the world. Known for mastering an array of painting styles, including classical portraiture, birds and flowers, and intensely colored ink-splashed landscapes, he had great influence on Chinese art. Although his diversity in skill and technique has rendered him an innovator, he always claimed his work is intrinsic to Chinese tradition. Featured in the sale was a depiction of a Boater on a Mountain Lake by Zhang Daqian from the Estate of Susan W. and Charles G. Stachelberg, Jr. that sold for $149,000, well over its estimate of $70,000-90,000.
Leading the Chinese porcelains in the sale was a group of four 20th century Chinese wall panels signed Liu Yuceng that fetched a stunning $269,000, far exceeding their estimate. The framed Famille Rose glazed panels were masterfully decorated with scenes of birds and flowers, heights overall 42 3/8 inches, widths 15 1/8 inches.
A 19th century Chinese aloeswood 'Chenxiangmu’ brushpot naturalistically carved as a section of prunus trunk, height 7 3/8 inches, was the objects of strong competition that sent the piece far surpassing its estimate to achieve $118,750.
All prices include the Buyer’s Premium.
Next Asian Works of Art Auction: March 2017
Consignments are currently being accepted for Doyle’s March 2017 Asian Works of Art sale scheduled during Asia Week New York. We invite you to contact us for a complimentary auction evaluation. Our specialists are always available to discuss the sale of a single item or an entire collection. For information, please call Marley Rabstenek at 212-427-4141, ext 299 or email asian@Doyle.com
Asia Week New York
Doyle is proud to be an Auction House Partner of Asia Week New York, the annual celebration of Asian art taking place each March. New York becomes the world's premier destination for collectors, curators, scholars and enthusiasts of Asian art, with special events presented throughout the city. For information on Asia Week New York, visit AsiaWeekNY.com or the Chinese language site at cn.asiaweekny.com