An Asian LOT to talk about

Auction houses like Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Phillips and others offer free admission to selling exhibitions for a few days before each auction. From time to time I will select notable auction lots to bring to your attention. This blog feature is not endorsed by the auction house nor written by any kind of art expert. Just idle musings that I hope encourages you to visit an auction house yourself to see what’s on view and available in New York City.

Each spring and fall New York Auction houses cluster sales for items from the Asian world and call it, of course, Asia Week.  It is a great week to stop by Sotheby’s and Christie’s if you are a fan of art or artifacts from that region.

One sale at Sotheby’s features a single owner collection of porcelain that is absolutely exquisite.  I was drawn to LOT 339 which includes handles modeled after a pair of carp.  Funny, I thought, fish handles sounds more like a pejorative between aquatic occupants.  “All I can say, Harvey, is that your fish handles are getting larger.  Best not be such a pigfish at every feeding.  You just suck down those fish food flakes.  Better to stop and chew.  Just sayin’.”

And it can be yours for between $20,000 and $30,000.  Just sayin’.  Exhibit opens March 15 and sells March 20 at 11:00 AM.


Qing Dynasty Carp handle vase

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TOMORROW: An interesting category LOT

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