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An Exceedingly Rare and Important Soapstone Figural Carving
An Exceedingly Rare and Important Soapstone Figural Carving, 18th Century, dated by inscription to 1750, Sold for $2,235,000

Fine Asian works of art from the seventeenth century to the present day are often available at auction to the bidding public. Pieces of Chinese, Japanese and Buddhist origins are commonly represented. A wide variety of items are available every month, including but not limited to, porcelains, jades, furniture, corals, artworks, decorative objects, scrolls, bronzes and textiles.

The department conducted Michaan’s highest grossing auction to date, with a total price realized of over $4,545,000. The Fine Asian Works of Art Auction was held on Sunday, June 23, 2013, establishing both national and international records. A carving of Tang Ying realized a price of $2,235,000, becoming the highest selling Asian soapstone carving ever auctioned outside of Asia, as well as Michaan’s highest single selling lot. The sale also makes a new international record with a hanging scroll titled Mountainous Dwellings by Li Yin. The piece realizes a world record-breaking price of $112,100 and becomes the highest figure ever achieved at auction for a Li Yin work. Michaan’s second highest grossing Asian auction achieved a cumulative price realized of over $2.8 million on June 22, 2015 and brought about yet another U.S. auction record in Fu Baoshi’s hanging scroll titled Lady by the Bamboo that realized $1,410,000 USD.

Michaan’s Asian antiquities are offered in monthly Gallery Auctions as well as regularly scheduled Annex Auctions.


Asian Art Specialist
Annie Zeng
Jessica Liang
(510) 227-2511


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