Sale of Asian Works of Art on September 11, 2017
Showcasing the Arts of China and Southeast Asia from the Neolithic Period through the 20th Century
Featuring Property from a Private Minneapolis Collection
NEW YORK, NY -- Scheduled during the week of Asian sales in New York, Doyle's Asian Works of Art auction on September 11, 2017 presented the arts of China, Japan and Southeast Asia from the Neolithic Period through the 20th century. Offerings included jade, porcelain, pottery, snuff bottles, scholar's objects, bronzes, screens, furniture and paintings.
Chinese Jades from a Private Minneapolis Collection
Featured in the auction were fine Chinese jades from a Private Minneapolis Collection. Highlights included a 19th century white jade covered censer that was the subject of strong competition, which drove the price to $87,500, more than tripling its estimate of $15,000-25,000. The censer was delicately carved with lotus blossoms and a Buddha flanked by two Luohan and measured 4 1/2 inches in diameter. From the same collection was a graceful 19th century celadon jade ewer decorated with carved lotus petals and a chilong handle, height 9 1/8 inches, that fetched $28,125, against an estimate of $20,000-40,000.
Chinese jades from other collections featured a diminutive celadon and russet jade figure of a mythical beast, length 2 5/8 inches, that sold for $25,000, many times its estimate of $5,000-7,000.
Highlighting the Chinese paintings in the sale was a depiction of morning glories by Qi Baishi (1864-1957) that sold for $46,875, surpassing its estimate of $20,000-30,000. For Qi Baishi, the morning glory was a favorite subject and source of artistic inspiration. In the painting, he depicts a cluster of morning glories in full bloom with their buds, tendrils and leaves entwined along a stretch of bamboo fence. The morning glories are portrayed in an especially unconstrained and spontaneous manner, reflective of his later work. The sale also offered a 1959 painting titled New Moon over Hong Kong by Chen Qikuan (1921-2007) that fetched $34,375 against an estimate of $30,000-50,000.
A group of four rubbings of ancient Qin with colophons by Wu Tingkang (1799-1873), dated the 7th year of Tongzhi period (1868), more than doubled their estimate of $8,000-12,000, selling for $25,000.
A 19th century Chinese Doucai porcelain 'Birthday' dish attracted a great deal of attention at the exhibition and strong competition at the sale, which drove the price to $34,374, far exceeding its estimate of $700-1,000. The 8 1/4 inch diameter plate was decorated shou characters, peaches and foliage, the base with a Kangxi six-character mark.
Chinese Snuff Bottles
The sale offered approximately fifty Chinese snuff bottles from two private collections, highlighted by a Qing dynasty white jade example of compressed ovoid form incised on both sides with calligraphy. The snuff bottle soared past its estimate of $2,000-3,000 to achieve an exceptional $22,500.
We Invite You to Auction!
Consignments are currently being accepted for the March 2018 Asian Works of Art auction scheduled during Asia Week New York. We invite you to contact us for a complimentary auction evaluation. Our specialists are always available to discuss the sale of a single item or an entire collection. For information, please call the Asian Works of Art Department at 212-427-4141, ext 299 or email asian@Doyle.com