The Gathering Place | Luxury Living Rooms

Traditionally, living rooms are meant for relaxing and socializing—a place where friends and family come together. The living room also presents the perfect opportunity to make a statement and set the tone for your entire decorating style. Whether the style is rustic elegance or minimalist, modern or traditional, you can gather inspiration from five extraordinary homes below to create a room where you can entertain family and friends.

Living Room NJ

$8,500,000 USD | Far Hills, New Jersey | Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby’s International Realty

Only one hour from Manhattan, this Far Hills, New Jersey, home is at the center of a 26-acre retreat that combines rustic elements offering luxurious living. Overlooking Ravine Lake, Pickle Brook Farm features stone and reclaimed wood construction and is surrounded by landscaped gardens and forest. The living areas are finished with rustic beams, carved mantelpieces and extensive millwork. In addition to five bedrooms and seven baths, there is a media room, game room, several outbuildings and a five-car garage.

Living Room Australia

Price Upon Request | Sydney, Australia | Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty

Perched in park-like gardens high above Sydney Harbour, the Babworth House is one of Australia’s grand mansions from early 1900s. Residence 2, a three-bedroom, three-level residence features formal and informal living rooms, master “retreat” with San Sebastian stone bathroom, dining rooms, office and wine cellar.  Architect Michael Sutter retained the original oak-paneled walls and stained-glass windows while adding a cocktail bar and gourmet kitchen with Miele appliances. The home opens onto private marble verandas and wraparound terraces overlooking the harbor.

Living Room South AfricaPrice Upon Request | Plettenberg Bay, South Africa | Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty

Open-plan living areas enclosed by glass provide ever-changing views of the Indian Ocean and the Tsitsikamma Mountains from this contemporary, eco-designed, Plettenberg Bay home on Robberg Beach. Paul Oosthuizen designed the five-bedroom, four-bath home to become an integral part of the landscape, melding into the fynbos and milkwood trees. Opening the home’s glass doors creates an extensive indoor-outdoor area with uninterrupted flow. The kitchen is an entertainer’s delight. Highlights include radiant floor heating, heated pool and rainwater collection.

Living Room Milan

Price Upon Request | Milan, Italy | Milan Sotheby’s International Realty

Designed by architect Piero Pinto in a former 17th-century convent in Milan, this 6,452-square-foot, four-bedroom apartment features a faded, terracotta-hued fresco on a bedroom’s domed ceiling. Everything else, however, is ultramodern in design. An elevator connects three floors that include a separate staff area. Architectural details include glass stair rails and a spa-style master bath. Highlights include a double living room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the octagonal-shaped inner courtyard, a feature typical of Milanese apartment buildings.

Living Room Manhattan

$26,000,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty- East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Situated in New York’s Upper East Side, this prewar duplex condominium offers eight bedrooms and eight baths. For privacy, the apartment is accessed by a key-lock elevator that opens onto a private landing and a marble entrance gallery. The layout connects living room, media room and library for 1,500 square feet of open entertainment space with views of both skyline and Central Park. The lower floor includes a master suite with his-and-hers baths, a playroom and staff room.

 

Repurposed Homes | Upcyled for Modern Living

Before they were homes, these unique abodes served different purposes—from a former factory to a windmill. Transformed by visionaries who saw the potential in disused and former commercial spaces, discover how these buildings became spectacular repurposed homes, fit for a modern lifestyle.

Barracks AustraliaPrice Upon Request | Melbourne, Australia | Melbourne Sotheby’s International Realty

Australia— Built in 1884 as the first Salvation Army Barracks in Australia, this historical building in Melbourne has been completely restored as a modern family home. The spacious, open concept modern touches are balanced by original features, such as the original Baltic timber ceiling. The home includes an industrial kitchen and a glass-encased wine room that holds 20,000 bottles.

Windmill Home Connecticut$1,925,000 USD | Essex, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Connecticut— Sitting on the Connecticut River, this 1960’s windmill has been converted into a four-storey home with three bedrooms, a full bath, wet bar and a living room. Restored in New England shaker style, the windmill has functioning blades and a 360-degree wraparound deck with amazing water views.

Fire House Quebec2 998 000 $ CAD | Montreal, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec

Montreal— This historic and unique residence in Montreal, Canada, was formerly a fire station. Completely renovated in 2005 into an inviting family home, it is a cheerful oasis full of unusual architectural details, from the abundant fenestration, to the gracious woodwork, moldings, and of course, the original fire pole. Discreetly located, the home is surrounded by parkland on three sides, and situated on a generous landscaped lot.

Chocolate Factory Utah$1,199,950 USD | Salt Lake City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Utah— This modern apartment in Salt Lake City within The Broadway Lofts was originally built in 1898 as McDonald’s Chocolate Factory. The home boasts bold, gallery-ready concrete and brick walls, and a 50 ft. glass window wall, creating an avant-garde atmosphere. 18-ft ceilings throughout the open-concept living space create a balance of hip city ambiance with refinished ebony stained oak floors and artistic interior features.

 

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A Collector Bridges the Gap

Post provided by Alexandra A. Seno for Sotheby’s Magazine.

TAIPEI – Taiwan-based businessman Pierre Chen is one of Asia’s leading collectors of Western contemporary art. Now, as Alexandra A. Seno reports, Chen is bringing the collection he lives and works with to a wider audience, and in the process, connecting the East with the West.

Museo del Prado 4, the subtly dramatic Thomas Struth photograph, dominates one wall of a conference room at the Yageo Corporation global headquarters, just outside Taipei. The German photographer’s large-scale work, part of his iconic Museum Photographs series, focuses on a group of students on a trip to the great Spanish art institution. The boys and girls linger indifferently in front of Las Meninas, the 1656 painting by Diego Velázquez that has inspired generations of artists, from Pablo Picasso to Francis Bacon.

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Pierre Chen, collector and businessman at home in Taipei, where a painting by Georg Baselitz hangs behind him. Photograph by Andrew Loiterton.

Walking into the empty conference room – which otherwise fits about 30 – Yageo founder Pierre T.M. Chen gives the photograph a quick glance before he settles down at the table. The Taiwan-trained computer engineer started Yageo in 1977 and built the company into one of the world’s biggest electronics components manufacturers, with average yearly sales of US$800 million. He has nine factories and offices in seventeen countries, and is actively engaged in Yageo’s day-to-day management.

Chen says: “My business changes very quickly. I am fighting everyday because there is always some new technology coming to the market. For me to have balance in my life, I need art and music.” Hundreds of pieces adorn his offices and homes, and even more are in storage. But starting this summer, four prestigious Japanese museums will exhibit 76 works from Chen’s collection.

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In a Tokyo residence, Peter Doig’s Canoe Lake has pride of place in the dining room. Jean-Baptiste Huynh’s Inde-Portrait XXIX and Josè-María Cano’s  RM-Kate Moss Flank the doorway. Photographs courtesy of the Yageo Foundation

It will be the first time that the institutions will show a single, private collection of modern and contemporary art, and it is also the first occasion in Asia that works from the Yageo Foundation can be viewed together in public. The tour begins in June at the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo (MOMAT), and then proceeds to the Nagoya City Art Museum in September, the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art in December and finally the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto in March 2015.

MOMAT curator and organiser of the exhibits Kenjiro Hosaka wanted to collaborate with Chen not only because Japanese museums do not usually have access to such works, but also because he was drawn to the collection’s “energy to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western art, which museums in Japan have struggled with for many years.”

“I decided to accept the invitation from Japan because the museum is professional, and because Japanese audiences have a mature appreciation for art. They admire traditional things and also what is new. I also consider Japan as my retirement destination of choice,” says Chen, who keeps a Tokyo apartment, conveniently just five minutes away from MOMAT.

 

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The living room of one of Chen’s Hong Kong homes, with Gerhard Richter’s Abstraktes Bild andMark Tansey’s Mont Sainte-Victoire. Photographs courtesy of the Yageo Foundation.

Born in Tainan, Chen grew up in Kaoshiung to a middle- class family that could trace their roots in Taiwan back for 200 years. He enjoyed going to galleries, and as a student in 1976, he made his first art purchase: a wooden, coconut-sized sculpture by Hong Kong artist Cheung Yee. It cost 25,000 Taiwanese dollars, a sum that took him a year and a half to save as a part-time computer programmer. He proudly keeps it in his office today.

When his company began to do very well, Chen started collecting Chinese artists because he was inspired by their work. As his business expanded to other countries, he would travel, and says he “liked going to museums and galleries because they are a good place to learn.” He read voraciously about art and went to exhibitions, habits he continues today. “I am still discovering,” he says, his eyes lighting up behind his serious, black-framed glasses.

In recent years, Chen has been most excited by Western contemporary art. He took the leap in the mid-1980s and bought an untitled Cy Twombly work because it made him feel “calm,” and later a yellow Warhol fright wig self-portrait because he thought it was “so fresh.” Continue Reading >

Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Spring Preview | Iconic Works by Picasso, Matisse & Monet

Sotheby’s spring Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art will be held in New York on 7 May 2014 with the New York exhibition beginning this Friday in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries. Highlights from the sale include iconic works by Picasso, Giacometti, Matisse, Monet and Léger.

“We are thrilled to offer works by three of the greatest masters of 20th century art, each of which exemplifies the artist’s output at a critical moment in their career,” said David Norman, Co-Chairman of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department Worldwide. “Matisse, Picasso and Léger in their unique manner so distinctively catapulted the representation of the figure in to the Modern Age. These paintings, resplendent in color and bold in design, which were respectively executed in successive decades from the 1920s to 40s, resonate with today’s global audience of collectors and connoisseurs.”

Pablo Picasso, Tête de Marie-Thérèse, 1932 | Sotheby's Spring 2014

Pablo Picasso, Tête de Marie-Thérèse, 1932 (est. $15/20 million)

The auction will offer an impressive selection of 14 works by Pablo Picasso, with examples reaching across his remarkable career – from an early drawing dated to 1900, through a late oil painting from 1969. The group features Tête de Marie-Thérèse from 1932, a radiant example of his paintings depicting his beloved mistress of the early 1930s (est. $15/20 million).

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Claude Monet, Le pont japonais, 1918 (est. $12/18 million)

The Evening Sale will offer three impressive canvases by Impressionist master Claude Monet, including Le pont japonais which he painted at Giverny from 1918–24 (est. $12/18 million). Monet’s spectacular images of the Japanese bridge spanning the lily pond of his lush garden are among the most recognizable images of 20th century art.

Henri Matisse | Sotheby's Spring 2014

Henri Matisse, La Séance du matin, 1924 (est. $20/30 million)

Henri Matisse’s La Séance du matin (est. $20/30 million) depicts the artist’s studio assistant Henriette Darricarrère, whose own interest in painting he encouraged by offering her lessons during their working time together. In another version of this same subject, now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Matisse depicts a nude model alongside the studious painter. The present composition instead features Henriette alone, completely absorbed in her own work.

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Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Spring Preview / Iconic Works by Picasso, Matisse & Monet

Sotheby’s spring Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art will be held in New York on 7 May 2014 with the New York exhibition beginning this Friday in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries. Highlights from the sale include iconic works by Picasso, Giacometti, Matisse, Monet and Léger.

“We are thrilled to offer works by three of the greatest masters of 20th century art, each of which exemplifies the artist’s output at a critical moment in their career,” said David Norman, Co-Chairman of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department Worldwide. “Matisse, Picasso and Léger in their unique manner so distinctively catapulted the representation of the figure in to the Modern Age. These paintings, resplendent in color and bold in design, which were respectively executed in successive decades from the 1920s to 40s, resonate with today’s global audience of collectors and connoisseurs.”

Pablo Picasso, Tête de Marie-Thérèse, 1932 / Sotheby's Spring 2014

Pablo Picasso, Tête de Marie-Thérèse, 1932 (est. $15/20 million)

The auction will offer an impressive selection of 14 works by Pablo Picasso, with examples reaching across his remarkable career – from an early drawing dated to 1900, through a late oil painting from 1969. The group features Tête de Marie-Thérèse from 1932, a radiant example of his paintings depicting his beloved mistress of the early 1930s (est. $15/20 million).

Monet La Pont Japonias / Sotheby's Spring 2014

Claude Monet, Le pont japonais, 1918 (est. $12/18 million)

The Evening Sale will offer three impressive canvases by Impressionist master Claude Monet, including Le pont japonais which he painted at Giverny from 1918–24 (est. $12/18 million). Monet’s spectacular images of the Japanese bridge spanning the lily pond of his lush garden are among the most recognizable images of 20th century art.

Henri Matisse / Sotheby's Spring 2014

Henri Matisse, La Séance du matin, 1924 (est. $20/30 million)

Henri Matisse’s La Séance du matin (est. $20/30 million) depicts the artist’s studio assistant Henriette Darricarrère, whose own interest in painting he encouraged by offering her lessons during their working time together. In another version of this same subject, now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Matisse depicts a nude model alongside the studious painter. The present composition instead features Henriette alone, completely absorbed in her own work.

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Creating a Luxurious Kitchen

This week we continue with our Extraordinary Angles® video series spotlight on Kitchens. To find out what it takes to create the luxurious kitchen of your dreams we spoke Daniel Kostiuc, managing director of Intarya, the award-winning design studio located in London.

Daniel Kostiuc IntaryaDaniel Kostiuc, Managing Director, Intarya

While many will prioritise practicality over luxury when designing a kitchen, at Intarya my team and I believe the latter is equally as important as the former. When created with a luxurious lifestyle in mind, the kitchen can become much more than just a place to prepare meals – it can be an area in which to entertain, relax and truly enjoy your home.

Discover our advice for achieving a space that is as luxurious as it is inviting.

Luxury Kitchen Design | Intarya

Photo courtesy: Intarya

1.  Arrange the preparation and cooking surfaces in a way that allows for conversation. This opens up the kitchen as a more sociable area, and makes cooking feel less of a chore. If the cook is able to see the people at the table, all the better – when hosting a dinner party, or welcoming guests, this will make all the difference.Luxury Kitchen Design | Intarya

2.  To introduce a sense of luxury into an open plan kitchen, do not be afraid to use art. A large photograph, mirrors or even embroidered details on blinds add an opulent air to an otherwise very practical area.

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3.  Use multiple materials on the cabinetry. This simple yet effective design choice not only breaks up the space, but also adds character, and allows the area to make a very real, yet subtle, statement about the tastes of its owner. We love the use of Corian and Caesarstone – extremely durable and hygienic materials that also look great.

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4.  The use of a mirrored splash back can make a kitchen feel lighter and larger. It is a great change from the less interesting back-painted glass that has been en vogue for so long and, in the right space, can look absolutely stunning.

Intarya Kitchen Tip 5 800x600

5.  Do not skimp on appliances. High quality appliances are often much more attractive than their inexpensive counterparts, and add instant luxury to an otherwise practical space. We are huge fans of concealing appliances, but when the kitchen contains something especially beautiful – an Aga Range, for example – showing off is a must!

IntaryaLogoGrey_small1Established in 1994, Intarya is an award-winning design studio offering timeless and elegant Interior Architecture, Luxury Interior Design and Bespoke Furniture to clients in London, the UK and around the world.

Creating a Luxurious Kitchen

This week we continue with our Extraordinary Angles® video series spotlight on Kitchens. To find out what it takes to create the luxurious kitchen of your dreams we spoke Daniel Kostiuc, managing director of Intarya, the award-winning design studio located in London.

Daniel Kostiuc IntaryaDaniel Kostiuc, Managing Director, Intarya

While many will prioritise practicality over luxury when designing a kitchen, at Intarya my team and I believe the latter is equally as important as the former. When created with a luxurious lifestyle in mind, the kitchen can become much more than just a place to prepare meals – it can be an area in which to entertain, relax and truly enjoy your home.

Discover our advice for achieving a space that is as luxurious as it is inviting.

Luxury Kitchen Design / Intarya

Photo courtesy: Intarya

1.  Arrange the preparation and cooking surfaces in a way that allows for conversation. This opens up the kitchen as a more sociable area, and makes cooking feel less of a chore. If the cook is able to see the people at the table, all the better – when hosting a dinner party, or welcoming guests, this will make all the difference.Luxury Kitchen Design / Intarya

2.  To introduce a sense of luxury into an open plan kitchen, do not be afraid to use art. A large photograph, mirrors or even embroidered details on blinds add an opulent air to an otherwise very practical area.

Intarya Kitchen Tip3 800x600

3.  Use multiple materials on the cabinetry. This simple yet effective design choice not only breaks up the space, but also adds character, and allows the area to make a very real, yet subtle, statement about the tastes of its owner. We love the use of Corian and Caesarstone – extremely durable and hygienic materials that also look great.

Intarya Kitchen Tip4 800x600

4.  The use of a mirrored splash back can make a kitchen feel lighter and larger. It is a great change from the less interesting back-painted glass that has been en vogue for so long and, in the right space, can look absolutely stunning.

Intarya Kitchen Tip 5 800x600

5.  Do not skimp on appliances. High quality appliances are often much more attractive than their inexpensive counterparts, and add instant luxury to an otherwise practical space. We are huge fans of concealing appliances, but when the kitchen contains something especially beautiful – an Aga Range, for example – showing off is a must!

IntaryaLogoGrey_small1Established in 1994, Intarya is an award-winning design studio offering timeless and elegant Interior Architecture, Luxury Interior Design and Bespoke Furniture to clients in London, the UK and around the world.

Sotheby’s Inaugural Designer Showhouse in New York

This week Sotheby’s auction house in New York is presenting an inaugural Designer Showhouse exhibition. The event, which is sponsored by Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc., is, an innovative approach to highlighting the treasure trove of fine art, furniture and decorative arts offered each season at Sotheby’s.

A select group of talented interior designers were given exclusive access to the auction house’s inventory and shopped the “stacks” to select a group of objects from which six distinctive interior spaces were devised. These objects include paintings, sculptures, prints, furniture and decorative arts which range in date from the 1st century A.D. through the end of the 20th century and encompass a range of artistic and architectural styles from around the world. Here is a peek at their masterful spaces the designers created.

Ryan Korban | Sotheby's Designer Showhouse

RYAN KORBAN, known for his retail design including Alexander Wang’s flagship store, Balenciaga’s men’s and women’s flagship stores and Fivestory New York;

McMillen Inc. Interior Design | Sotheby's Designer Showhouse

ANN PYNE from McMillen Inc., the oldest full service interior design and decorating firm in America;

Daun Curry | Sotheby's Designer Showhouse

DAUN CURRY from Modern Declaration, named one of Vogue’s hottest new designers;

Olasky & Sinsteden | Sotheby's Designer Showhouse

New York design duo CATHERINE CASTEEL OLASKY and MAXIMILIAN P. SINSTEDEN from Olasky & Sinsteden whose collective background includes time working for renowned names including Bunny Williams, Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, David Easton Inc., Charlotte Moss;

Shaler Ladd | Sotheby's Designer Showhouse

SHALER LADD of Shaler Ladd Design Corporation who has built his business by providing exceptional service and quality to a loyal client base for which he curates interiors tailored to the distinct lifestyle and tastes of each individual; and,

Rush Jenkins | Sotheby's Designer Showhouse

RUSH JENKINS and KLAUS BAER from WRJ Design Associates, who are renowned for curating and designing exhibits for such luminaries as Mrs. Nancy Reagan and Bill Blass.

These designers were given the freedom to create any type of space and impose any type of aesthetic that he or she desired. The hope is that these spaces will demonstrate how good pieces of fine and decorative art can transcend time and space and that the dialogue between these pieces within a contemporary context not only allows the viewer an opportunity to reflect upon the pieces’ historical and artistic importance, but also gives the pieces new meaning and significance in the world of today.

Sotheby’s Inaugural Designer Showhouse is open to the public through Saturday, March 29 at Sotheby’s New York Headquarters located at 1334 York Avenue.

Sotheby’s Inaugural Designer Showhouse in New York

This week Sotheby’s auction house in New York is presenting an inaugural Designer Showhouse exhibition. The event, which is sponsored by Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc., is, an innovative approach to highlighting the treasure trove of fine art, furniture and decorative arts offered each season at Sotheby’s.

A select group of talented interior designers were given exclusive access to the auction house’s inventory and shopped the “stacks” to select a group of objects from which six distinctive interior spaces were devised. These objects include paintings, sculptures, prints, furniture and decorative arts which range in date from the 1st century A.D. through the end of the 20th century and encompass a range of artistic and architectural styles from around the world. Here is a peek at their masterful spaces the designers created.

Ryan Korban / Sotheby's Designer Showhouse

RYAN KORBAN, known for his retail design including Alexander Wang’s flagship store, Balenciaga’s men’s and women’s flagship stores and Fivestory New York;

McMillen Inc. Interior Design / Sotheby's Designer Showhouse

ANN PYNE from McMillen Inc., the oldest full service interior design and decorating firm in America;

Daun Curry / Sotheby's Designer Showhouse

DAUN CURRY from Modern Declaration, named one of Vogue’s hottest new designers;

Olasky & Sinsteden / Sotheby's Designer Showhouse

New York design duo CATHERINE CASTEEL OLASKY and MAXIMILIAN P. SINSTEDEN from Olasky & Sinsteden whose collective background includes time working for renowned names including Bunny Williams, Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, David Easton Inc., Charlotte Moss;

Shaler Ladd / Sotheby's Designer Showhouse

SHALER LADD of Shaler Ladd Design Corporation who has built his business by providing exceptional service and quality to a loyal client base for which he curates interiors tailored to the distinct lifestyle and tastes of each individual; and,

Rush Jenkins / Sotheby's Designer Showhouse

RUSH JENKINS and KLAUS BAER from WRJ Design Associates, who are renowned for curating and designing exhibits for such luminaries as Mrs. Nancy Reagan and Bill Blass.

These designers were given the freedom to create any type of space and impose any type of aesthetic that he or she desired. The hope is that these spaces will demonstrate how good pieces of fine and decorative art can transcend time and space and that the dialogue between these pieces within a contemporary context not only allows the viewer an opportunity to reflect upon the pieces’ historical and artistic importance, but also gives the pieces new meaning and significance in the world of today.

Sotheby’s Inaugural Designer Showhouse is open to the public through Saturday, March 29 at Sotheby’s New York Headquarters located at 1334 York Avenue.

Sotheby’s Celebrates Spring 2014 Asia Week NY

This week Sotheby’s celebrates Asia Week 2014 in New York with a collection of selling exhibitions and sales which showcase some of the world’s oldest and most diverse works of art. From Indian & Himalayan Works of Art to Fine Classical Chinese Calligraphy, the week offers an extraordinary opportunity for collectors and Asian Art connoisseurs.

Asia Week 2014

Sotheby’s New York Asia Week series of auctions will be led by the prestigious single-owner sale of A Very Rare And Important Bronze Owl- Headed Ritual Wine Vessel (Hu), from the collection of Sakamoto Goro on 18 March 2014. The piece dates from the Early Eastern Zhou Dynasty (c. 8/7th century BC) and is the only surviving owl bronze of this caliber. Estimated to fetch in excess of $4 million, the bronze is set to be the outstanding highlight of the March Asian Art sales at Sotheby’s in New York.

Other highlights to include:

Sotheby's Asia Week 2014

A Very Fine Gilt Copper Alloy Figure Depicting Tara, Yongle Period 1403-1424, (est. $300/500,000)

Sotheby's Asia Week 2014

Vasudeo S. Gaitonde’s ethereal Painting No. 3, 1962, (est. $2-3 Million)

Sotheby's Asia Week 2014

A Rare Molded Blue and White Barbed Rim Dish, Yuan Dynasty, 14th Century, (est. $200/300,000)