Christie’s to offer sumptuous Asian art collection of late Chicago collectors – James and Marilynn Alsdorf.

Christie’s is all set to put up a series of online auctions of prized Asian art collection possessed by collectors philanthropists James and Marilynn Alsdorf. Collection includes a motley pieces of aesthetics such as paintings by Joan Miró, ancient Asian bronzes, Chinese vases, and stone statues.The upcoming auctions are going to be convened in the event called “Asia Week” at Christie’s, which will run seven live auctions from Sept. 22-25, and four online sales that begin earlier in September.

Late couple donated 400 works of Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian art to the Art Institute of Chicago. Another “transformative” donation in 2006 allowed for Renzo Piano to renovate what became the Alsdorf Galleries for Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian art.They explored and augmented the extensive collection of Indian and Buddhist sculptures.

In first series a Rare and Magnificent Bronze Figure of Shiva Tripuravijaya, South India, Tamil Nadu, Chola Period, circa 1050, carries an estimate range between $1 million and $1.5 million, while A Very Rare and Important Marble Head of Buddha, from the Sui Dynasty, China, circa 550-618, carries an estimate between $500,000 and $700,000 to be exhibited.

The second part, titled “Asian Art and European Decorative Arts,” will display the Chinese works of art, Chinese paintings, Japanese works of art, and Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian works of art.

Copyright Michele Leight All Photographs copyright Michele Leight 2011

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