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Asia Week Wonders on Bidsquare

By Bidsquare

Mar 04,2016 | 15:00 EST

With a mission to celebrate and promote Asian art in NYC, the eighth edition of Asia Week New York kicks off March 10 and runs through to the 19th. A collaboration of top-tier Asian art specialists, auction houses, museums and Asian cultural institutions, Asia Week New York presents one non-stop, event-filled week, drawing collectors and curators from every corner of the U.S. and beyond.

Here at Bidsquare, we’re doing our bit by auctioning off a stunning array of Asian collectibles, both from China and beyond. Our auction houses are presenting sales filled with premium Asian works of art, offering bidders a gilt-edged opportunity to either add to or build on their collections from the Far East.

2016 celebrates the Year of the Monkey, the ninth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The monkey has always been a positive symbol in Chinese culture, and its popularity with artists can be seen through its depiction on everything from vases to paintings to furniture. Lots 84 (above left) and 777 (above right) in Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Asian Works of Art sale are gorgeously crafted snuff bottles, both with monkey motifs, sure to win favor with bidders. The sale is set down for March 21-22, with over 820 lots on offer from a wide range of catergories including Asian furniture, Asian sculpture, embroidery, porcelain, jade, Asian bronze and more.

Not to be outdone, Skinner is holding an Asian Works of Art auction on Saturday, March 19. 544 lots are set to go under the hammer, all curated by experts, representing a broad range of categories. Lot 69 (above), a Cloisonne ice chest, possibly from the Qianlong period, is a rare find and expected by many to top the sale.

Skinners ongoing commitment to Asian art will be on show a week earlier, when the esteemed Boston-based auction house holds their Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpet sale, featuring over 300 lots from the Caucuses, Persia, Anatolia, India, Central Asia, China and beyond. Lot 87 (above), a silk pile and metal thread Chinese "Imperial" carpet, dates from the late 19th Century, and carries an inscription that reads "Baohedian" or "Hall of Preserving Harmony," the third hall from the main gate of the Forbidden City.

Asian works of art will be well represented in Brunk Auctions Antiquities, Asian, Continental, British & American sale. Over 120 of the lots on offer trace their origin to the Fare East, with the pieces available including works in porcelain, bronze, stone, iron, silk art, wood, and textitle. Lot 334 (above), a 4th Century B.C. Chinese studded bronze with Taotie and dragon decorations, is in exellent condition and sure to be in demand.

Oil on canvas by Vietnams Le Pho - Lot 65 in Shapiro Auctions March 12 sale.

Other upcoming online auctions on Bidsquare with significant offerings of Asian art include Leyland Littles Spring auction on March 10, Shapiro Auctions Spring sale of Fine & Decorative Art on March 12, Stair Antiques & Appraisers George Subkoff Antiques: The Warehouse sale on March 12, Morton Auctioneers & Appraisers Fine Art, Jewelry & Antiques sale on March 12, and Kodner Galleries Antiques, Fine Art, Jewelry & Decorative Arts sale on March 16.