Hindman’s Asian Art department handles Asian antiquities from individuals, estates, and institutions. The department focuses on Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian works of art from the Neolithic period to the early 20th century. It has had particular success in sales of Chinese works of art, paintings, and furniture. The department’s sales encompass a broad range of works, including jades, bronzes, ceramics, netsuke, snuff bottles, swords, sculptures, paintings and calligraphy, and furniture.
The Asian Art department conducts regularly scheduled auctions in March and September each year, coinciding with Asia Week New York.
As the one of the largest houses in the region to offer sales of Chinese Works of Art comprising porcelain, classical furniture, scholar’s objects, jade, bronze, textiles, Hindman has developed relationships with private collections, museums, and estates to bring works representing the breadth of thousands of years of fine craftmanship to auction and private sales.
The department centers research, care, and connoisseurship into the nuances of literature, calligraphy, and painting as custodians of Chinese paintings from the early modern period to the present day. Works across all genres including landscape, calligraphy, and figurative scenes in the category are offered in Hindman’s biannual sales of Asian Works of Art.
Fine examples of metalwork, porcelain, lacquer, prints, armor and swords are centered in this tightly curated category of specialized sales held March and September that spotlight the artistry and study appealing to collectors in this field.
This expanding category encompasses a diverse geographic, temporal, and religious scope primarily represented by painting and sculpture. Offerings regularly feature bronzes, miniatures and stone sculpture in sales of Asian Works of Art throughout the year.
Annie Wu is the Director and Senior Specialist of the Asian Art department at Hindman.
Ms. Wu joined the firm in 2014, after working as a specialist in the Asian Works of Art and Ethnographic Department of an East Coast auction house for three years. Ms. Wu researches and appraises property, including jades, bronzes, ceramics, sculptures, snuff bottles, paintings, furniture, and works in other classical media. Recent auction highlights include the sale of a rare Chinese 15th Century Xuande period blue and white porcelain bowl for $1.4 million; a set of four Chinese ink and color paintings by Qi Baishi for $612,500, a pair of Chinese 18th Century Yongzheng period famille rose porcelain plates for $440,600. Ms. Wu has had the pleasure of working with many great estates and collections, such as the Estate of Frank G. Mertes, Sr., Winona, Minnesota, the Collection of Ms. Yuan Jiaying and Mr. Li Guoyuan, Chicago, Illinois, and the Collection of Heritage Museum of Asian Art, Chicago, Illinois. Born and raised in Mainland China, Ms. Wu is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, and English. She brings to Hindman her valuable language skills and many years of experience in the auction business, particularly in the world of Asian art.
“This bowl is a combination of fine painting and amazing pottery skill.”
“This carpet was dedicated in Ningshougong, the Palace of Heavenly Tranquility.”
“The form is beautiful but the color is even more important.”
“We believe this was made in London and gifted to the depicted official.”
“Yongzheng mark and period are extremely desirable.”
“These types of bottles are rare, a pair in this condition is exceptional.”
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