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Heritage Auctions returns to 'Asia Week' in New York with Fine & Decorative Asian Art Auction
A Rare and Important Tibetan Thangka Depicting Two Sakya Lineage Holders, Central Tibet, 13th-14th century, 32 inches high x 29 inches wide (81.3 x 73.7 cm) (work). Estimate: $200,000 - $250,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- A Rare and Important Tibetan Thangka Depicting Two Sakya Lineage Holders, Central Tibet, 13th-14th century is expected to claim top-lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ Fine & Decorative Asian Art Auction Sept. 11 in New York.

The projected top lot is one of 24 thangka in the auction. The Sino-Tibetan thangkas in this sale includes thangkas of deity, mandala and Buddhist masters and the age of the thangkas ranges from 18/19th century to 13/14th century.

“Heritage Auction’s Sept. 11, 2018 Fine Asian Arts Auction marks our return to New York to sell during ‘Asia Week.’” Heritage Auctions Asian Art Director Richard Cervantes said. “This sale features fine and rare Tibetan thangkas from private American collections. It is our expectation that interest in early Himalayan Buddhist art will remain high this season and that buyers will be pleased to see such a fine variety of devotional paintings.”

The thangka projected to lead the auction carries a pre-auction estimate of $200,000-250,000 and comes from a private collection in New York. Measuring 42 by 35-3/4 inches and done in distemper and mineral pigment, this foamcore-backed thangka shows two figures from Sakya, in the Ponpori Hills in southern Tibet.

An Exceptional Pair of Chinese Carved Cinnabar Lacquer Court Chairs with Peony and Landscape Motifs, Qing Dynasty, Jiaqing-Daoguang Period (estimate: $80,000-120,000) offers significant appeal through the ornate engraving and through the rich red hues derived from cinnabar, the bright scarlet form of mercury sulfide that is the most common source for refining elemental mercury. The Jiaqing emperor was not as serious a patron of the arts as his father, but imperial production continued at a relatively high level. Engraving was a popular and important way of decorating furniture, often depicting character patterns to geometric patterns to scenes in nature.

A Large Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Dish, Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period, circa 1403-1424 (estimate: $80,000-120,000) reflects the extraordinary innovation of ceramics during the period, as kilns allowed new techniques in design and shape, and an expansion in the uses of color. The Yongle Emperor (1402-24) was particularly intrigued by other countries and enjoyed unusual shapes, many of which resulted from Islamic inspiration. The often-brilliant cobalt blue had a tendency to bleed in some previous pieces, but the addition of manganese dulled the color but made the lines more crisp, as is the case on this dish, which is two inches deep and has a diameter of 15 inches.

A Silver-Inlaid Bronze Figure of a Seated Shakyamuni Buddha on Throne (estimate: $80,000-100,000) was created in the 18th century or earlier, executed in the Swat Valley style in western Tibet. This figure, which stands 8-3/4 inches tall, depicts Shakyamuni Buddha, also known as Gautama Buddha or Siddhartha Gautama, who was born about 2,500 years ago in what is now Nepal. Its gilt face is inset with silver eyes and urna, the dot placed on the forehead of Buddhist images, with Sanskrit inscription on the apron below the cross-legged figure.

A Chinese Carved Zitan, Lapis Lazuli and Jade Table Screen with Imperial Inscription, Qing Dynasty (estimate: $40,000-60,000) is a stunning piece fashioned from the wood that is so dense it sinks in water. The dark, rich color of the wood is offset perfectly by the deep blue of the lapis lazuli and the white and green jade. Standing 8 inches high, it features a Qianlong mark, indicating it might be from the period. The Qianlong Emperor was the sixth of the Qing Dynasty, reigning from 1735-96.

Other top lots include, but are not limited to:

A Chinese Bronze Ritual Yu Food Vessel, Late Shang-Western Zhou Dynasty, circa 12th-11th Century BC – estimate: $30,000-50,000)

Chen Wen Hsi Folio Album, (eight works) – estimate: $30,000-50,000

Attributed to Xu Beihong Animal Folio Album (twelve works) – estimate: $30,000-50,000

A Chinese Bronze Ritual Hu Wine Vessel with Cover and Chained Handle, Eastern Zhou Dynasty, late 6th century BC – estimate: $30,000-50,000

A Fine and Large Chinese Gilt Bronze Double Gourd Covered Vase with Dragon and Cloud Motif, Qing Dynasty, 18th-19th century – estimate: $30,000-50,000

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