Doyle New York to auction almost 800 lots of Asian works of art in March during Asia Week

NEW YORK, NY.- Doyle New York will hold an auction of Asian Works of Art on Monday, March 19, 2012 at 10am. Scheduled during New York’s Asia Week, the sale will present almost 800 lots showcasing the arts of China, Japan and Southeast Asia from the Neolithic Period through the 20th century. Offerings include pottery and porcelain, jade, scholar’s objects, bronzes, screens, furniture and paintings. Certain to attract attention is an important bronze cannon commissioned by the Emperor Kangxi, with inscriptions in Chinese and Manchurian dating it to 1695, the 34th year of his reign (est. $400,000-600,000). Made in Jingshan Nei, now part of Beijing, the cannon is also inscribed with its given name, General Zhisheng, and comes with its partially-original rebuilt caisson. The cannon guarded Beijing’s Hata Gate and