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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.

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From our family at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty – here’s to a wonderful New Year!

Cheers!

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.  

Ben Briggs, Executive Vice President in Greater China for Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, discusses the latest moves by the Chinese government to make the RMB capital account more freely convertible in 2015. Ben is based full-time in China, and has been conducting international business in Europe and Asia since 2000. Within the last year, Ben and team have located investors seeking to make capital investments ranging from $10 million to $1.5 billion, sold over a dozen properties bringing millions of dollars to the U.S., and are working with a Chinese developer on a major live-work-play multifamily high-rise in central Dallas. The team hosted another client in New York to tour a $700 million office building.

Briggs and his team are actively looking for the top investment partners in the US to help manage Chinese real estate assets. The company CEO and Ben’s father Robbie Briggs lived in China for three years, serving as Chairman of the Board of the International School of Beijing. The fact that principals have lived in China gives unique insight and perspective for developing custom strategies that meet individual and business objectives.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is Dallas’ luxury real estate leader, with more than 200 agents in seven offices located throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and access to the global Sotheby’s network, including more than 16,750 agents in 760 offices worldwide.

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We’re incredibly fortunate – the Metroplex is on the minds of corporations and job seekers, retirees and investors. But, when potential North Texas residents visit our neighborhoods, what’s selling them on the move?

So we asked our expert agents at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty: Q: When you’re showing Dallas-Fort Worth to out-of-towners, which lifestyle amenities are they excited about?
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The Contemporary Literati: Curiosity sale on April 5 in Hong Kong presents an extraordinary assemblage of contemporary ink paintings, intriguing ancient objects and works of art that epitomize the refined taste of the Chinese literati. This lifestyle sale is inspired by the European tradition of cabinets of curiosity – small ‘wonder rooms’ of extraordinary objects assembled to construct the collector’s very own microcosm of the world.

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The Modern and Contemporary Asian Art Evening Sale will showcase a series of six masterpieces by modern Chinese master Wu Guanzhong. Spanning from the 1970s to the 1990s, this collection of paintings includes Plum Blossoms, brimming with a vivid sense of spring, the lush and spirited Riverside Bamboos, the vibrantly soaring A Mountain of Colours and Autumn onto the Wall, together offering a retrospective survey of the artist’s creative landmarks.

The Modern and Contemporary Asian Art Evening Sale is 6:30 p.m. April 4 Hong Kong Time in Hong Kong.

Comprised of more than 50 exceptional 20th-century and contemporary works from across Asia and Southeast Asia, the sale will present a series of six masterpieces by Wu Guanzhong, spanning the 1970s through 1990s. Taken together, Plum Blossoms, Riverside Bamboos and Autumn onto the Wall offer an exceptional tour of the artist’s creative milestones. Rare contemporary Asian works new to the market are also offered: Fang Lijun’s archetypal bald-headed figures 1996.4; Blue Sea, one of Liu Ye’s earliest symbolic depictions of warships; and Takashi Murakami’s Panda Geant. A selection of Southeast Asian works will emphasize the unique identities at the heart of the region’s creative metamorphosis, highlighting Hendra Gunawan’s work Pandawa Dadu.

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President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with seven offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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New in the Metroplex this year – the DFW South Asian Film Festival, Feb. 27-March 1 at the Angelika Film Center, 7205 Bishop Drive in Plano.

The organizers’ description:

The first-ever Dallas-Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival (DFW SAFF) will provide a much-needed platform for independent, world cinema that will appeal to North Texas audiences who enjoy South Asian films. 

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The three-day festival will showcase 14 curated shorts, documentaries and feature films that focus on issues affecting the South Asian (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) sub-continent, as well as explore the lives and stories of the South Asian Diaspora in the United States. 

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The festival will include Texas and U.S. premieres, after-parties, a red carpet, filmmaker Q&A’s and much more. There is something for everyone as our programming includes dramas, thought-provoking shorts and documentaries, women’s issues, LGBT films, children’s and youth programming and more.

http://www.dfwsaff.com

Boots to Beijing is a publication of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realtywith seven offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar, according to infoplease.com. This year Chinese (or Lunar) New Year begins on Feb. 19, 2015.

In Dallas, you can celebrate Lunar New Year 2015 this way:

– UT Dallas welcomes the Year of the Goat with a grand celebration featuring a dazzling variety of traditional Chinese performing arts. In Alexander Clark Center. 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. Click here for details.

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– 6th Annual Chinese New Year dinner: Year of Goat, Stanford Dallas Fort Worth Alumni Club, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, in Plano. Click here for details.

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– Crow Collection of Asian Art. Celebrate the Year of the Ram at the 16th annual free Chinese New Year Celebration. Highlights include traditional Chinese New Year art-making activities such as decorating red envelopes, and making sheep headbands and glowing paper lanterns, plus calligraphy demonstrations, face painting, fortune telling, photo booth and family yoga. Also, there will be a diverse assortment of food trucks including Bobaddiction, Bombay Chopstick, Simply Dosa, and Nammi. 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. Click here for details.

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Learn more about Asian culture and business in North Texas at Boots to Beijing.

Boots to Beijing is produced by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realtywith seven offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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Around a World of Art in 80 Days explores a seminal moment in each country or continent’s art history through the inspiration, influence and history of key objects and paintings, all to be auctioned at Sotheby’s London this season. As each of the sales shown here takes place, works by some of the world’s greatest artists from the United States, Europe, Asia to the Middle East and China will be exhibited. Join the tour at whichever point you choose – a Sotheby’s specialist will give a complimentary gallery talk about each object at its pre-sale exhibition.

Click here for a guide to buying and selling.

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with seven offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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Painted at the peak of his Impressionist style, Claude Monet’s Les Peupliers à Giverny depicts the poplar trees in Giverny in a spontaneous, poetic manner. In this video, Sotheby’s Philip Hook and Ann Dumas, curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, introduce this masterwork, which will be offered in the London Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on Feb. 3 and which comes directly from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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