Christie's will commence its Asian Art Week with a sale of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art on September 14 and 15.
The sale will bring together over_400_works of art including superb ceramics, jades, bronzes, furniture and sculptures.
The first day begins with 115 items from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections highlighted by archaic jades, bronzes, and Buddhist sculptures.
Highlights from the sale include a rare dated limestone four-sided Buddhist votive stele, Northern Qi Dynasty, estimated at $70,000-90,000and inscribed with a date corresponding to 574.
A rare bronze ritual globular tripod food vessel and cover, Dui, Eastern Zhou Dynasty, Late 6th century B.C. will also feature with a book price of $10,000-15,000.
Elsewhere, a rare opaque blackish jade ceremonial blade, Zhang, Late Neolithic Period, Northwest China, circa 2000 B.C. is estimated to sell for $15,000-25,000.
A large mottled semi-opaque olive and buff jade, Bi, Late Neolithic Period, Northwest China, circa 2000 B.C. will start at $20,000-30,000.
The second day of sales will feature Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, offering rare and important works of art totalling 350 pieces.
Leading the sale is a rare and finely painted underglaze copper-red and blue 'mallet' vase, Yaoling zun, Kangxi six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period 1662-1722, priced at $600,000-800,000.
A fine and rare numbered Junyao tripod 'Narcissus' bowl, Yuan/Early Ming Dynasty, 14-15th century from a North-American Chinese Family Collection will also appear for $300,000-500,000.
From the same collection is a selective group of zitan furniture, which includes a rare large zitan floor mirror, 18th/19th century, estimate at $100,000-150,000, with a base carved on both sides and horizontal panels of confronted archaistic kui dragons.
The auction marks the continued success of Christie's in the realm of Chinese antiques and collectibles after its successful Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections in March 2009.