Looking Ahead to our Spring Asian Art Auctions

By: Anthony Wu


Hope Springs Eternal at Waddington’s

The bright beautiful colours and bold images featured in our first auction of 2015 helped to take the chill off a frigid February and we hope everyone has been keeping warm through this seemingly endless winter. Even though the cold weather feels unrelenting, we hold out hope that spring is around the corner – or at least that’s what our calendars tell us. We’ve been keeping a careful eye on the calendar lately, not only to count down to warmer days, but also to keep track of the exciting events here at Waddington’s. With the flurry of activity happening we’re sure that the next few weeks will pass by quickly, and before we know it, winter will be but a distant memory.

We’ve had a great start to the year so far with the February 26 online auction marking the beginning of the 2015 auction season. Featuring nearly 250 lots representing works from China, Japan, India, and South East Asia the February online auction reflected the diversity and depth available in the Asian art market and offered works for both novice and seasoned collectors. With the success of our February sale behind us, we now turn our sights to the next online, which will be held on April 30, 2015 and of course to our live catalogue sale on Monday June 8, 2015 at 6pm.

The live catalogue auction is always a pleasure to assemble and we already have several promising works lined up for the June 8 auction. We have a strong focus on modern Chinese paintings including the second part of the Estate of Darius Alain. This collection features a selection of scroll paintings by Zhao Shao’Ang (1905-1998), and a group of paintings featuring the collaboration with Zhao Shao’Ang (1905-1998) and his student Chen Jiaxun (1937- ).

We are also proud to present a collection of early, large-format paintings by Ding Yanyong (1902-1978). These were acquired directly from a Taiwanese gentleman living in Hong Kong during the 1950’s and 60’s, before his family moved to Canada. In the porcelain section, we are featuring a massive Longquan charger from the 15th century, consigned by an important Montreal collection. Also, we have a rare celadon Ru-type hu vase with Tongzhi Mark and period (1862-1874). This vase was acquired in the 1950’s in Los Angeles, and was appraised by Sotheby’s during the 1970’s.

In preparation for the June auction, our senior Asian arts specialist Anthony Wu will be traveling to Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria to seek consignments. To schedule a confidential appointment with Anthony, please contact Yvonne Li by email [email protected] or telephone at 416-847-6195.

Please keep checking the website as well will be uploading new items onto the Asian Art preview gallery every couple of weeks. We look forward to the coming weeks as we meet with everyone and put together the rest of our spring auctions.

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