Christie's dedicated Evening Sale of Important
Chinese Art from the Fujita Museum, held on March 15, 2017 in New York realized a grand total of USD$262,839,500 which alone has
surpassed the previous record for any Asian Art Week series in auction history.
The exhibition, global tour, and auction generated huge international
interest driven by Shang and Zhou dynasty ritual bronzes and classical Chinese
paintings with exceptional provenance. The top lot for the sale was Chen Rong (13th Century)
as Catalogued in Shiqu Baoji,
Six Dragons, which realizedUSD$48,967,500
Exceptional prices were realized for the six handscrolls that were formerly
part of the collection of the Qianlong Emperor (1711-1799), as evidenced by
his collector's seals and their inclusion in his official catalogue, the Shiqu Baoji, which collectively
totaled USD$123,901,000. A
new world auction was set for an archaic bronze with the sale of A Magnificent and Highly Important
Bronze Ritual Wine Vessel, Fangzun,
late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC, which realized USD$37,207,500. Collectively
the six ritual wine vessels totaledUSD$125,785,000.