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Gallery open houses, auctions, exhibitions, lectures, symposia and opportunities galore to start or add to an Asian art collection: Asia Week, March 14-22, is nine days of fabulous excess.

Among the 47 dealers mounting special exhibits are these New York galleries:

Carlton Rochell Asian Art (Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian art)

Kaikodo LLC (Chinese art of all media and periods, plus Japanese and Korean paintings and ceramics):

Gilt-silver wine-drinking game set: "Analects Jade Candle" with inscribed "drinking lots." Tang dynasty, 8th century. Courtesy Kaikodo LLC.

Kang Collection Korean Art:

"Mountains/Waterfalls," 2013. Set of five works, mixed media on wood. Courtesy Kang Collection Korean Art.


Joan B. Mirviss Ltd. (Japanese ceramics and art):

Yamada Hikaru (1923-2001), "Tôhen Mandara," 1973. Screen-style sculpture, glazed stoneware and wood. Courtesy Joan B. Mirviss Ltd.

Scholten Japanese Art

Zetterquist Galleries (early Chinese ceramics)

Several dealers are traveling from abroad and will show their treasures at New York host galleries during Asia Week. Among these international galleries are

Gisèle Croës from Brussels (Antiquities), exhibiting at the Gagosian Gallery (980 Madison Ave.)::

Archaic bronze vessel Zun. Late Shang dynasty (1600-1050 B.C.)–ca. 1300-1050 B.C. Courtesy Gisèle Croës.

Francesca Galloway from London (Antiquities), exhibiting at Leslie Feely Fine Art (33 E. 68th St.):

Mola Bagas (or Muhammad Bakhsh), "Ladies With Fireworks on a Terrace," India, Bikaner, late 18th century. Courtesy Francesca Galloway.

Michael Goedhuis from London (Contemporary Asian works), exhibiting at Mallett, 929 Madison Ave.:

Wei Ligang, "Peacock Pearl," 2012. Courtesy Michael Goedhuis.

All the major auctions houses—Bonhams, Christie's, Doyle New York and Sotheby's—stage important sales throughout the week. On the block at Christie's on March 20 is an important archaic bronze ritual wine vessel from the Late Shang/Early Western Zhou dynasty (12th/11th century B.C.). Known as the 'Min' Fanglei and standing an impressive 25 inches high, the piece is cast and covered with stylized animals and mysterious monster masks. When last sold at Christie's New York on March 20, 2001, it fetched $9,246,000 (hammer price plus buyer's premium), which was then the world record for an Asian work of art and is still the world record for any archaic Chinese bronze sold at auction.

Running concurrently with Asia Week is JADA 2014: An Exhibition by the Japanese Art Dealers Association, March 16-19, at the Ukrainian Institute of America (2 E. 79th St.).  Five New York dealers participate, including Erik Thomsen Gallery, Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts, Leighton R. Longhi Inc. Oriental Fine Art, Mika Gallery and Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art. Works in the exhibition are arranged by period and school rather than by dealer. Highlights follow:

"Cherry Trees at Yoshino," pair of six-panel folding screens (detail). Edo Period (1615-1868), 17th century. Ink, mineral colors and gofun on paper with gold leaf. Courtesy Erik Thomsen Gallery.

Seated Zenki and Koki (attendants of Enno Gyoja). Polychromed hinoki wood. Muromachi Period, 15th century. Courtesy Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts.

Jimbaori. Hand-applied feathers, silk and fabric. Edo Period, 17th century (design holdover from Momoyama Period). Courtesy Leighton R. Longhi Inc. Oriental Fine Art.

Gilt bronze vajra with flaming jewel-shaped ends, hojusho. Kamakura period, 13th century. Courtesy Mika Gallery.

Large dish with bamboo and vine design. Hizen ware, aode-Kutani type; porcelain with overglaze enamels. Edo Period, ca. 1650. Courtesy Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art.