A blue and white porcelain vase (Photo courtesy: R.M. Chait Galleries)
NEW YORK, March 5 (Xinhua) -- Chinese art pieces will be highlighted at the upcoming Asia Week New York, a 10-day event that celebrates Asian art and culture in various activities.
Now in its 10th edition, Asia Week New York saw 48 international galleries, 6 auction houses and 16 cultural institutions, offering open galleries, auction sales, lectures and exhibitions starting from March 13.
The big draw to Asia Week New York is the numerous eye-alluring exhibitions featuring the rarest and finest examples of Asian porcelain, jewelry, textiles, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, bronzes, prints, photographs and jades from every quarter of and period in Asia.
Chinese works of art are an important part of this year's event as more than a dozen participating galleries will be focusing on ancient and contemporary Chinese art.
A pair of porcelain "nodding head" figures of reclining maidens (Photo courtesy: Cohen & Cohen)
The art pieces that worth noticing are a blue and white porcelain Chinese baluster vase, a pair of porcelain figures, an ink and colors on silk painting, and a glazed stoneware sancai lion pillow, among others.
The 18-inch-tall blue and white vase from R.M. Chait Galleries shows military figures conversing on the draped terrace of a palace, with a court lady waiting nearby. It represents the finest quality in form and decoration from the Kangxi period (1654-1722) of the Qing Dynasty.
The pair of porcelain "nodding head" figures of reclining maidens is to be unveiled by Cohen & Cohen. The 9-inch maiden figures each holds a book and each apparently pregnant, a very unusual depiction that illustrates a Chinese metaphor: reading a book nourishes the growth of ideas in the mind like a child developing in the womb. The porcelain pair dates back to the Qianlong period (1736-1795) of the Qing Dynasty.
A 15th-century Ming Dynasty ink and colors on silk painting of a boy in Mongol dress riding a goat (Photo courtesy: Alan Kennedy)
The Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) painting highlighted in Alan Kennedy's collection depicts a boy in Mongol dress riding a goat. The boy is surrounded by more than 60 goats and rams.
A glazed stoneware sancai lion pillow (Photo courtesy: Littleton & Hennessy Asian Art)
The sancai, or tri-colored glazed pottery, lion pillow powerfully captures the vitality and ferociousness of a hunting lion devouring its prey. On view at Littleton & Hennessy Asian Art, the pillow dates back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907).
To cater to the need of Chinese-speaking buyers and audience, a Chinese version of the event website is available to offer comprehensive guide to the event.
The event is organized by Asia Week New York Association, a non-profit trade membership organization registered with the state of New York.