Sale Totals Over $3 Million Amid Strong International Bidding
Pair of Chinese Gilt Bronze Attendants Fetches $230,500
Pair of Chinese Diminutive Jade Table Screens Sell for $194,500
Doyle New York's Asian Works of Art auction on March 22, 2010 attracted strong competition from an international audience of buyers. The mostly Asian audience in the salesroom offered formidable competition against absentee bidders, internet bidders and telephone bidders from a number of countries. In all, the sale totaled a stunning $3,166,554 -- well over the pre-sale estimate of $946,150-1,375,950 -- with 60% sold by lot and 92% by value.
Highlighting the sale was an exquisite 19th century Chinese jadeite censer measuring only 6 1/4 inches in height that sold for a staggering $1,082,500. Estimated at $6,000-9,000 and consigned by the Estate of Sonja Caron Stein, the censer was the subject of intense competitive bidding and sold in the salesroom to a buyer from China.
Other Chinese jades proved equally popular throughout the auction. A buyer from Tawian was the successful bidder on a pair of 18th/19th century celadon jade table screens, each measuring 10 3/8 inches in height. Estimated at $20,000-30,000, the pair fetched $194,500. An 18th/19th century celadon jade figural group of a recumbent mare and foal, length 3 3/4 inches, sold to a buyer from China for $80,500, many times the pre-sale estimate of $2,000-3,000.
A Qianlong Period celadon jade vase carved as a silk bag tied with a ribbon and measuring 4 1/2 inches in height fetched $68,500 against a pre-sale estimate of $12,000-15,000. A cylindrical celadon jade perfumer also from the Qianlong Period achieved $56,250 from a Chinese buyer, well over the pre-sale estimate of $10,000-15,000.
Chinese bronzes featured a pair of 18th/19th century gilt-bronze figures of attendants measuring 41 inches in height. Competitive bidding sent the lot soaring past its pre-sale estimate of $6,000-8,000 to achieve a stunning $230,500 from a Hong Kong buyer. An 18th century Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze figure of Buddha seated in dhyanasana and measuring a mere 6 1/4 inches in height achieved $46,875 from a Chinese buyer, over ten times their pre-sale estimate of $4,000-6,000.
Attracting a strong interest at the sale was a Chinese ivory carving from the Qing Dynasty depicting a young woman dressed in European attire and measuring 10 1/4 inches in height. Intricately carved, the figure was inspired by a court painting in the collection at the Palace Museum, Beijing attributed to Lang Shining (Guiseppe Castiglione, 1688-1768). The young woman is reputed to be the concubine Xiang Fei, known as the Fragrant Concubine and identified as Rong Fei, the Emperor Qianlong's only Uighur Muslim concubine. Estimated at $50,000-70,000, the ivory figure sold to a Chinese buyer for $146,500.
Chinese furniture sold strongly at the auction. A large 17th/18th century Huanghuali cabinet standing 8 feet 8 inches in height doubled its pre-sale estimate of $35,000-45,000, selling for $80,500. A handsome pair of Chinese zitanwood display cabinets measuring 6feet 1 inches in height sold to a buyer from Taiwan for $62,500, shattering the pre-sale estimate of $1,500-2,000.
Chinese porcelain was highlighted by a blue and white porcelain vase from the Kangxi Period, of rouleau form and painted with figures in a pavilion setting. Measuring 18 inches in height, the vase achieved $53,125 against a pre-sale estimate of $10,000-15,000. An 18th century Chinese blue and white glazed porcelain brushpot of cylindrical form decorated with fisherman and scholars along a rocky shoreline sold for $43,750 against a pre-sale estimate of $4,000-6,000.
We invite you to auction your Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Southeast Asian works of art in the next Asian Works of Art sale scheduled for September 2010.