NEW YORK, March 14 (Xinhua) -- An online auction sale featuring 110 works of Chinese art will be held here from March 26 to April 16, most of which are representative of various craftsmanship dating from the Shang Dynasty (about 1,600 BC-1,046 BC) through the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
The auction items cover a wide range of works in jade, wood, metalwork, stone and porcelain from a private collection purchased from prominent galleries in New Yorks and London, according to a statement by the event organizer Lark Mason Associates, one of the six auction houses participating in Asia Week New York.
A pre-sale exhibition is currently staged in Manhattan through March 23, as part of the events during Asia Week New York.
Artworks catching limelight include an imperial celadon jade Ruyi scepter, incised with a poem by Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799), and an impressive Chinese carved and polychrome wood figure of Avalokiteshvara, dating back to the 14th century.
Other highlights involve a large Zitan (a valuable wood in China) dragon carved cabinet, dating to the middle Qing Dynasty and a rare Chinese blue and white porcelain tray, originating from Yuan dynasty (1206-1368).
Lark Mason, president and CEO of Lark Mason Associates, spoke highly of Asia Week New York, the largest celebration of Asian art in the United States.
"We're delighted to offer them (collectors and enthusiasts) the chance to view and purchase fantastic works of art," said Mason, also a renowned expert in Chinese art and antiquities.
Founded in 2003, the NYC-based company is an international auction house specializing in fine and decorative works of art with an emphasis on Asian art.
This year marks the 10th edition of the annual Asia Week New York, one of the most renowned and influential Asia art market events in North America.
From March 13 to 23, a total of 48 international galleries, 6 auction houses and 16 cultural institutions are scheduled to provide exhibitions, auction sales and lectures.