As we swing into Chinese New Year, we welcome in the year of the Monkey, that mischievous and clever animal that lends its fun-loving traits to those lucky enough to be born under its sign. In celebration, and as Sotheby’s prepares for Asia Week, we took a look at the use of this playful motif in Chinese art, from classical painting to snuff bottles.
Asia Week is March 10–19 in New York.
Here are the artworks included in this slideshow. Can you find an image of the monkey in each?
Large Pale Celadon Jade “Monkeys And Peach” Group, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. Estimate: $30,000–50,000.
Pu Ru, “Monkey Playing.” Ink on paper, mounted for framing. Estimate: $5,000–8,000.
Famille-rose Monkey King Vase, Qing dynasty. Sold for $37,500 against an estimate of $6,000-8,000 on Sept. 12, 2012.
Pair of chased Gilt-metal Peach Form Boxes and Covers, Qing dynasty, 19th century. Estimate: $4,000–6,000.
Five Agate Snuff Bottles. 18th–20th century. Estimate: $3,000–5,000.
Shen Quan, “Monkey Playing.” Ink and color on silk, framed. Sold for $274,000 against an estimate of $70,000–100,000 on March 19, 2015.
”Two Monkeys.” Ink and color on paper, mounted for framing.
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