The Vortex Jar, Song Dynasty estimated $2.500.000-$3.000.000 The Vortex Jar, Song Dynasty

Sotheby's in particular is honing in on the Chinese art market to staggering results. The auction house kicked off Asia week on September 16th with a sale of a totaled $2.8 million in Song dynasty ceramics alone, $2.3 million of which came from the Celadon "Dragon" vase. With the hanging scroll by Zheng Xie at $2.6 million, by the 18th, totaled Asia week sales had reached $5.5 million. While the anchoring pieces were crucial to the high results, Sotheby's reports that 74% of all lots at auction were sold. With these numbers, the annual reports of Asian art alone at Sotheby's continue to exceed $100 million. Sotheby's held its first sale in mainland China in 2013.

Satsuma vase By Yabu Meizan, Meiji period (late 19th century. Sold for US$ 93,750 incl. premium at Bonham's Satsuma vase
By Yabu Meizan, Meiji period (late 19th century. Sold for US$ 93,750 incl. premium at Bonhams

Bonhams maintained its reputation for providing impressive Japanese ceramics and antiquities during the season. The collection of Ruth and Carl Barron, predominately comprised of works by Meji craftsmen and Satsuma ceramics, was sold above its estimate at just over $2 million. Highlights included Yabu Meizan vase enameled with frogs, which at $93,750 exceeded Bonhams' own record for the artist's work.

This Gaitonde $3.8million piece set Indian artist record at Christie's Mumbai sale last year This Gaitonde $3.8million piece set Indian artist record at Christie's Mumbai sale last year

Much has been made of the instability potentially caused by such a sudden influx of Chinese art's success, but the Indian art world's longevity is enriching the world's museums. In particular, the Shumita and Arani Bose collection auction at Christie's coincides with next month's retrospective of V.S. Gaitonde at the Guggenheim, additionally preceded by a solo auction of his in March. Between two separate Indian art sales at Christie's this week, two more Gaitonde paintings were sold.

The Asian art market's range allows for balance both across the auction houses and the astute collector. Despite the sudden influx of Chinese records, this diversified far reach ensures enduring value.

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