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Press Release - February 23, 2021

Heritage Auctions Celebrates Return to Asia Week New York

Highlights include Qi Baishi's prized Chicks painting

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Qi Baishi Chinese, 1864-1957 Chicks. Ink on paper
DALLAS, Texas (February 23, 2021) — An extraordinary selection of artwork from Chinese artist Qi Baishi and an impressive array of Indian and Himalayan art are among the top draws in Heritage Auctions' Fine & Decorative Asian Art auction March 16, an event in which Heritage will expand its footprint in Asia Week New York.

"Heritage Auction's Consignment Directors Moyun Niu and Clementine Chen shared their excitement to celebrate New York Asia Week with over 300 fine and decorative Asian Art pieces, comprised of Chinese, Japanese and Korean ceramics, calligraphy, painting, sculpture, furniture and more," Heritage Auctions Asian Art Consignment Director Moyun Niu said. "Among the many fine treasures, they highlight, are a group of fine snuff bottles from a private California collection, a large white jade ruyi scepter from a major Dallas collection, a pair of large painted grey pottery guardian figures, Tang Dynasty from a New York collection, a Chinese scroll painting after Lu Zhi, three Qi Baishi fan paintings, and so many more."

"As a painter famed for his portrayal of small animals, Qi Baishi mastered the art of painting chicks fairly late in life," Heritage Auctions Asian Art Consignment Director Clementine Chen said. "Not until his early 60s did he fully grasp the technique to use various tones of black ink to illustrate the flocculent feathers of a young chick. His paintings of chicks, like Qi Baishi (Chinese, 1864-1957) Chicks(estimate: $40,000-60,000), became one his most sought-after works.

"He also produced a series of beautiful fans, from a single collection in upstate New York, two of which – DragonflyandOrchids – are offered in the sale, each with an estimate of $15,000-25,000 and a Landscape fan with an estimate of $20,000-30,000. As a pioneer in the modern Chinese watercolor movement, the artist focused his works heavily on secular subjects, namely farmscapes and farm animals, rather than traditional literati landscape paintings, which makes the current landscape fan exceedingly rare."

"The sale includes an assortment of exquisite Chinese ceramics. One example is a Large Chinese Yellow-Ground and Iron-Red Decorated Enamel Dragon Fishbowl (estimate: $30,000-50,000) that is enameled in iron-red on a yellow ground with five-clawed dragons racing around in pursuit of flaming pearls amid auspicious clouds," Niu said. "A Chinese Wucai 'Eight Immortals' Dish (estimate: $20,000-30,000), from a private New York collection, bears a scene depicting the Eight Daoist Immortals, holding their attributes, accompanied by Shoulao, the Star God of Longevity, seated and flanked by his crane, deer and an attendant, all in a garden setting under pine trees."

After Lu Zhi (Chinese, 1496-1575) Chrysanthemums and Calligraphy(estimate: $30,000-50,000), with 15 red seals, comes from a private collection California. Lu Zhi (159-192) was an ancient Chinese general, government official and scholar during the Eastern Han dynasty.

A Pair of Large Painted Grey Pottery Guardian Figures, Tang Dynasty (estimate: $25,000-35,000) was created under the imperial dynasty that ruled from 618-907. Pottery created during the Tang Dynasty was known for low-temperature glaze that is among the most popular of ancient Chinese ceramic firing techniques. The offered figures stand 16 inches tall.

The event features an assortment of Japanese cloisonné-enamel vases, created in the ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects with colored material held in place or separated by metal strips or wire, normally of gold or silver. Top Japanese cloisonné-enamel lots include, but are not limited to:

An Important Japanese Cloisonné-Enamel Vase, Namikawa Yasuyuki, Meiji Period (estimate: $6,000-8,000)

An Exceptionally Fine Moriage Enamel Bottle Vase, Ando Jubei (1876-1953), circa 1920 (estimate: $5,000-7,000)

A Fine Japanese Cloisonné-Enamel Pedestal Vase, Ando Jubei (1876-1953), Meiji Period (estimate: $3,000-5,000)

The event features a dozen lots of Indian art, highlights of which include:

An Indian Miniature Painting Depicting Krishna with Gopis (estimate: $15,000-20,000)

An Indian Carved Wood Ganesha Relief from the Dallas Estate of Stuart Cutshall (estimate: $10,000-20,000)

Other top lots include, but are not limited to:

Wang Rong (Chinese, 1896-1972) Landscape(estimate: $15,000-25,000)

A Chinese Jade and Hardstone-Inlaid Wood Six-Panel Screen, Qing Dynasty, 19th century (estimate: $15,000-20,000)

For images and information on all lots in Heritage Auctions' Fine & Decorative Asian Art Auction, visit HA.com/8038.

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world's largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

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Steve Lansdale, Public Relations Specialist
214-409-1699; SteveL@HA.com

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