Despite the ongoing restrictions to international travel, the autumn series of Asian art auctions in New York and beyond is as busy as ever.
With vendors seemingly persuaded that 'virtual' selling is no longer a deterrent even for quality works of art, close to 20 sales across a wide range of collecting disciplines will be crammed into the fourth week of September.
Strings of sales
Sotheby's offering numbers five catalogues, beginning with Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art on September 20 and concluding with a trio of online sales closing the following week.
The Important Chinese Art sale on September 21 includes Chinese archaic ritual bronzes and Gandharan sculpture from the collection of Barry MacLean, owner of the Illinois engineering firm MacClean-Fogg, and Chinese art from the collection of Minneapolis retail executive Bruce Dayton (1918-2015) of Target Corporation fame and his wife Ruth Stricker Dayton (1935-2020).
More works of art from the once massive holdings of Chicago collector Stephen Junkunc III (c.1905-78) are offered in an online sale ending on September 27.
Six sales at Christie's comprise four live events from September 21-23 and two online events running until September 28-29.
Bonhams' seven sales include three named properties: the Richard Fabian collection of Chinese paintings and calligraphy (September 20) and Chinese snuff bottles from Manfred Arnold and Emily Byrne Curtis (September 21).
Further US sales
US 'regional' salerooms complete the calendar.
Among others, there are auctions at Doyle in New York (September 20), Heritage in Dallas (September 22-23), Skinner in Marlborough (September 24 with an online sale closing on September 23) and Freeman’s in Philadelphia (October 14).