Now in its sixth year, Asia Week New York continues its tradition of unveiling a spectacular trove of museum-quality Asian works of art, all making their debut at exhibitions which open simultaneously at galleries throughout Manhattan. Asia Week is a nine-day long celebration which kicks off on March 14 and runs through March 22, 2014.

Asia Week New York brings together 47 leading international Asian art specialists from around the world, including Australia, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, Korea and the U.S. who are joined by five major auction houses and 19 museums and cultural institutions. The week involves non-stop exhibitions, auctions and special events with a shared goal of weaving Asian art into the cultural fabric of New York and to broadcast its unique appeal worldwide. Amanresorts Bhutan, China, India and Sri Lanka is the presenting sponsor.

Asia Week New York exhibitions are open and free to the public, and each reveals the rarest and finest Asian examples of ceramics, jewelry, textiles, paintings, sculpture, bronzes, prints, photographs and jades, representing artistry, ingenuity and imagination from every coroner and time period of Asia.

“This year represents a landmark occasion for Asia Week New York,” says Carol Conover, Chairman of Asia Week New York 2014. “Never in its history has it experienced such a high level of participation from galleries in the U.S. and abroad. We are thrilled to welcome the outpouring of collectors, curators and lovers of Asian art to our city—all in celebration of this shared passion.”

The week kicks off on Friday, March 14 with many dealers launching their exhibitions, followed by the much anticipated Open House Weekend where all participating dealers open their doors to the public. Doors open on Saturday and Sunday, March 15 to 16, from 11am to 5pm. Exhibitions remain open the following week; check individual listings for dates and hours.

Participating dealers specialize in such areas as Chinese Art, Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art, Japanese Art and Korean Art. Exhibitors include Walter Arader Himalayan Art, Galerie Jacques Barrere (Chu Kingdom), Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc (Chinese porcelain and works of art), Moke Mokotoff (Buddhas from the Himalayas), Zetterquist Galleries (early Chinese ceramics), and Michael C. Hughes LLC (Chinese works of art), among many others.

Michael C. Hughes, LLC of New York will be exhibiting at the Mark Murray Gallery on the Fifth Floor of 39 East 72nd Street. The exhibition will feature a rare pair of signed and carved Bamboo pots by Zhu Wenyou Qing Dynasty (see photo at top) as well as a group of rare embroideries (see photo below) which includes a late Ming Dynasty silk hanging of Guanyin, possibly part of a set that resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; a rare Korean Banner, and temple hangings; also on view are a wonderful group of sancai-glazed figures and vessels from the Tang Dynasty (617-907); a delicious array of small Chinese snuff bottles made from a wide variety of media; a lovely small group of Song ceramics; a superb painted gray pottery figure of a foreign groom from Northern Wei Dynasty (386-535 A.D.) (see photo below); and other Chinese works of art.

Amongst other Asian cultures featured at the Michael C. Hughes exhibition will be a few delightful Indian miniatures and perhaps the highlight of the show an extremely fine and rare four-feet tall Indian wood sculpture of a peacock probably made at the court in Delhi or Lahore in the late 18th or early to mid 19th Century, which is lovingly carved with extraordinary details of feathers and majestic head and widely-spread up-turned tail-feathers.

“I am very much looking forward to another successful Asia Week New York,” says Michael Hughes. “The number of participating members has grown annually”.

A number of symposiums will also be offered. For example, on March 14, an expert from Sotheby’s Institute of Art will present “The Art World in China: Recent Developments and Future Prospects” at Sotheby’s at 1334 York Avenue from 9am to 1pm. That same day, Christie’s Education will offer a course from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm on Chinese Contemporary Art at its location at 11 West 42nd Street (8th Floor). At 5pm, a lecture on the Lost Kingdoms of Early Southeast Asia will be given by John Guy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A number of receptions will be hosted by a number of the participating dealers. See the calendar for a complete schedule.

Amongst other Asian cultures featured will be a few delightful Indian miniatures and perhaps the highlight of the show an extremely fine and rare four-feet tall Indian wood sculpture of a peacock probably made at the court in Delhi or Lahore in the late 18th or early to mid 19th Century, which is lovingly carved with extraordinary details of feathers and majestic head and widely-spread up-turned tail-feathers.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Michael C. Hughes LLC