Gilt bronze figure of Padmapani Lokeshvara
Gilt bronze figure of Padmapani Lokeshvara – estimated at $60,000-80,000 at Christie’s New York.

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This ten-day fest of dealers’ shows and specialist auctions dedicated to Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian and Himalayan art and objects runs until March 23.

The 48 participating galleries are a mix of those resident in New York and others who have set up in locations across the Upper East Side for the occasion to mount selling shows. Half a dozen auction firms also take part, holding sales series ranging from single auctions to runs of eight or nine.

Pictured here are four of the highlights coming up at different auctions during Asia week, while further highlights appeared in ATG’s latest print edition.

1. Kangxi / Yongzheng porcelain fish jar

Qing dynasty decorated porcelain fish jar

Qing dynasty decorated porcelain fish jar – estimate at $20,000-30,000 at Doyle New York.

Included in Doyle’s March 18 sale of Asian works of art is this underglaze blue and iron-red decorated porcelain fish jar dated to the Qing dynasty and probably Kangxi or Yongzheng period. It is painted with eight swimming carp and measures 12.5in (32cm) high. The estimate is $20,000-30,000.

2. Tibetan gilt bronze figure

Gilt bronze figure of Padmapani Lokeshvara

Gilt bronze figure of Padmapani Lokeshvara – estimated at $60,000-80,000 at Christie’s New York.

Among the nine sales in Christie’s Asian series is its March 20 auction of Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian works of art. The 131 lots include a selection of Himalayan bronzes and paintings from the estate of Baroness Eva Bessenyey (1922-2018) described by the auction house as “a woman who expressed her independent spirit through a love of languages, horses and, above all, travel”.

This 7in (18cm) high Tibetan, 17th/18th century gilt bronze figure of Padmapani Lokeshvara from the Bessenyey property is guided at $60,000-80,000.

3. Song-Ming dynasty carving

Song-Ming dynasty carving of a tapir

Song-Ming dynasty carving of a tapir – estimated at $80,000-120,000 at Sotheby’s.

Sotheby’s Asia Week New York series includes the 65-lot sale of Chinese jades from the collection of Robert Youngman on March 19.

This features a menagerie of jade animals and figures spanning the Song to Qing dynasties and includes this 3.75in (9.5cm) long pale yellow and russet stone carving of a tapir dated to the Song-Ming dynasty which has an estimate of $80,000-120,000.

4. Francis Newton Souza painting

‘Golgotha in Goa’ by Francis Newton Souza

‘Golgotha in Goa’ by Francis Newton Souza – estimated at $250,000-350,000 at Sotheby’s.

Sotheby’s kicks off its eight-sale series of Asian Week auctions on March 18 with Modern & Contemporary South Asian art.

Work by some of India’s best-known avant-garde artists feature including Francis Newton Souza’s painting from 1948, Golgotha in Goa. The 3ft (90cm) square oil on plywood, which is signed titled and dated FN Souza Golgota in Goa (sic), 1948 on the reverse, is estimated at $250,000-350,000.

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