Asian Art Sale from Bonhams New York previews in London for the first time

Bonhams-headquarters-London-rendering-468x292An Asian Art preview from Bonhams in Madison Avenue, New York, will be shown at Bonhams in London’s New Bond Street from 19 -21 February, the first time that the company has previewed an American sourced Asian Art sale in Europe.


The exhibition previews lots from three New York auctions: the ‘Selected Highlights from the Spring auctions of Asian Art at Bonhams New York; Important Indian, Himalayan and South East Asian Art; and Chinese Art from the Scholar’s Studio and Fine Japanese Works of Art.’ The works will be sold at Bonhams New York on 17 and 19 March 2014.


Colin Sheaf, Bonhams Chairman, United Kingdom and Asia, said: “We have brought over this stunning variety of exceptional items for the first time to London as we now have such an outstanding space in New Bond Street. Our new headquarters building provides such great spaces, lighting and flexibility that we felt that this sale should be seen by a wider audience including in both London and Paris.”


The exhibition of over 40 outstanding Asian Works of Art will include: a Tibetan copper alloy figure of Avalokiteshvara, 12-13th century, estimate £250,000-400,000; a Tibetan Thirty-Two-Deity Guhyasamaja Mandala, Ngor Monastery, circa 1520-1533, £250,000-350,000; a Gandharan schist figure of a winged Atlas, 2nd-3rd century, estimate £150,000-250,000; Fu Baoshi, Scholars playing Chess, estimate £80,000-120,000; Zhang Daqian, Self Portrait: the return of my sight, estimate £60,000-100,000; Shi Lu, Burmese Woman and Child, estimate £60,000-100,000; and a pair of Japanese (Kyoto-Kano School) six-panel screens, circa 1650, estimate £30,000-50,000.


Dessa Goddard, Bonhams Director, Asian Works of Art, North America, added: “The combination of a truly outstanding offering in this sale and our unrivalled space in London, made the decision to exhibit these works abroad an easy one. London attracts numbers of very significant Chinese buyers who have homes and businesses in London and we wanted them to see the best Chinese and other Asian art in what many collectors now believe is the best art space in the world.”


The venue: Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London W1S 1SR
The Public Preview: Wednesday 19-Friday 21 February, from 9:00am to 4:30pm each day