East Meets West

Recently, MIR Appraisal Services was hired to evaluate a group of ink washes and watercolors on paper from Zhang Daqian, a Chinese modernist painter. For many, Zhang is not a household name. To the art world, he has been steadily breaking records and frequenting the top of auction house lists since his death in 1983. According to the New York Times and Artprice.com, just last year Zhang’s work brought in $354.8 million in sales. He is currently ranked number one of the top 500 selling artists at auction. In 2016, he set a record when his hanging scroll piece “Peach Blossom Spring” sold for more than 4 times its estimate for a total of $34.7 million at the Sotheby’s Fine Chinese Painting sale