NEW YORK, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Works of famous Chinese painters in different time periods are scheduled to be auctioned at Christie's and Sotheby's next week in New York city.
The highlight of Christie's auction titled "Fine Chinese Paintings" is a long handscroll of poems about bamboo by the scholar-official Li Dongyang in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
Measuring ten meters in length, the handscroll consists of 14 poems and essays written in standard, running, cursive, and seal scripts. Li completed it in 1516 for his nephew by marriage. Both the artist and the recipient were very fond of bamboo and often planted them together.
The handscroll is estimated to be sold at a price between 800,000 U.S. dollars and 1.2 million dollars.
To be held on March 19, the auction also includes several paintings from modern Chinese ink master Zhang Daqian. One of the paintings is titled "Mountain Living in Autumn" with an estimate of 200,000 dollars to 300,000 dollars.
Sotheby's auction on March 22 will be led by a handscroll written by Shen Zhou in Ming Dynasty in the style of Huang Tingjian, artist and poet in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), with an estimate of 1.2 million dollars to 1.8 million dollars.
The auction titled "Fine Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy" will also feature an ink and color painting on silk by Chen Hongshou in Ming Dynasty.
The painting depicting lotus and rock was previously in the private collection of Zhang Daqian, and is expected to be sold at a price between 1 million dollars and 1.5 million dollars.
Featuring landscapes, calligraphy, figures and floral compositions, the two sales will offer a wide range of traditional, modern and contemporary ink paintings spanning from ancient China to present day.
Both auction houses are participating in the Asia Week New York this year, a 10-day event that celebrates Asian art and culture in various activities that began on Wednesday.
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.