May 1, 2012

Sotheby's Art Auction House Hosts Private Valuation Event in Seattle - An Invitation to Consign Chinese Works of Art

Courtesy of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (May 1, 2012) Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, Downtown Seattle’s Leading Luxury Real Estate Firm will host Sotheby’s Vice-Chairman of Asian Art, Henry Howard-Sneyd, for a private valuation of Chinese Works of Art at an event open to the public on May 3.

China has emerged as the largest consumer in the world for luxury goods and high-priced artworks. Since Sotheby’s held its first auction of Chinese Art in London in 1922, the department has gone from strength to strength, with sales held twice yearly in four salerooms: London, New York, Hong Kong and Paris. A robust, global category, Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art sales have attracted as many as 1,200 bidders from 47 countries in recent seasons. Collectors have spent more than $1.1 billion on Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art at Sotheby’s during the past five years.

The Vice-Chairman of Asian Art, Henry Howard-Sneyd has targeted Seattle as an important market for consignment of Chinese Fine Works of Art and already boasts an established clientele of art connoisseurs in the local area. This week’s event will broaden the awareness of Sotheby’s growing interest in Asian art with their hosting of an opening to the public; offering an exclusive opportunity to bring in individual art works for a complimentary appraisal and consideration as an auction consignment. The event will be occurring one day only, Thursday, May 3, 10am – 5pm. Private appointments only. Please call 1 212 606 7332 to schedule a confidential appointment.

What: Sotheby’s Art Sweep – An Invitation to Consign Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art

Where: Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty Residential & Resort Showroom, 2715 First Avenue, Seattle

When: Thursday, May 3, 10am – 5pm

Who: Henry Howard-Sneyd, Sotheby’s Vice-Chairman Asian Art

About Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

Realogics Brokerage, LLC (DBA Realogics Sotheby's International Realty) has emerged as a leading sales and marketing company in the Seattle area. The company’s mission is to provide excellence into the resale marketplace including multi-family, single family and now resort residences throughout the state of Washington. Managed by Realogics, Inc., the collective presents a fully integrated real estate solution comprised of market research, product development, full-service marketing and sales. The Realogics Group of Companies owns a long-term franchise within the Sotheby’s International Realty network. Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty is independently owned and operated by Realogics, Inc. www.RealogicsSothebysRealty.com.

About Sotheby’s, Chinese Ceramics and Fine Works of Art

Chinese Ceramics and Fine Works of Art is a department that offers great masterpieces of Chinese Art for auction. Sales include a wide range of works, such as ceramics, jades, ivory and rhinoceros horn carvings, furniture, bronzes, sculptures, paintings and clocks from the Neolithic period to the Qing dynasties. Sotheby’s international team has cultivated strong relationships with the key collectors in the field, as evidenced by the number of important private collections that have been entrusted to them for sale, amongst them The Meiyintang Collection, Property from J.T. Tai and Co., The Collection of Carl Kempe and The Estate of Emile Guimet. Recent successes include the extraordinary prices of $18 million for a Famille-Rose Floral Medallion Bottle Vase, $15.8 million for a Massive Imperial White Jade "Xintian Zhuren" Seal, the record-breaking 22-million for an Outstanding Blue and White Vase with Fruit Sprays, Meiping Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period and $26.6 million for an Outstanding Ru Guanyao Lobed Brush Washer, which set the world auction record for Song ceramics. Learn more about this department in Records & Results. www.Sothebys.com