Xuande dish at Sotheby's
Sotheby’s auction titled ‘Ming the Intervention of Imperial Taste’ is one of the sales that has been postponed due to a heavy snowstorm expected in New York. Scheduled for March 14, it will now take place on the following day at 10am. Among the highlights on offer at the sale is this Xuande dish decorated in white on a royal blue ground with peony and other flowering plants. It is estimated at $1m-1.5m.

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With the US north east coast anticipating as much as 18in of snow and blizzard-like conditions, Sotheby’s has postponed its sales due to take place in the Big Apple on Tuesday and will now hold them over the following two days.

The auctioneers said they had taken this decision “for the safety of our clients and staff”. At present, the firm are planning to keep open their Manhattan premises in York Avenue for exhibition viewing but have said this may be subject to change depending on the conditions.

Christie’s has also had to move reschedule sales due to take place tomorrow (March 14) to the following day.

Its Fine Chinese Paintings will now be held on March 15 at 10am, while its Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art will be held at 2pm on the same day.

The company said: “We are awaiting news of full building closure and then will communicate additional changes affecting the view.”

See christies.com for additional updates.

Sotheby’s revised sales calendar is now as follows:

Wednesday 15 March

  • Ming: The Intervention of Imperial Taste – 10:00AM
  • Important Chinese Art Session I – 10.30AM
  • Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art – 10AM (no change to this sale)
  • Important Chinese Art Session II – 2:00PM

Thursday 16 March

  • Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art – 10:00AM
  • Fine Classical Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy – 10AM and 2PM Salesroom (no change to this sale)

The auctions at New York’s Asia Week have expanded over recent years and now over 20 sessions will take place in total at Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Bonhams and Doyle.

As well as the auctions, a gallery ‘trail’ involving over 50 dealers is also running until March 18.