Important 17th Century Chinese Cannon Sells for $362,500
Auction Featured the Honorable Judge Edgar Bromberger Collection and the Langsdorf Collection
We Are Currently Evaluating Property for the September 2012 Asian Works of Art Auction
Doyle New York's Asian Works of Art auction on March 19, 2012 attracted strong competition from an international audience of buyers. The mostly Asian audience in the standing-room-only salesroom offered formidable competition against absentee bidders, Internet bidders and telephone bidders from a number of countries. In all, the sale totaled $3,825,063 against a pre-sale estimate of $3,641,900-5,526,200 with 72% sold by lot and 75% by value.
Highlighting the sale was an important Chinese bronze cannon commissioned by the Emperor Kangxi that achieved $362,500. The cannon bore inscriptions in Chinese and Manchurian dating it to 1695, the 34th year of Kangxi’s reign. Made in Jingshan Nei, now part of Beijing, the cannon was also inscribed with its given name, General Zhisheng, and came with its partially-original rebuilt caisson. The cannon guarded Beijing's Hata Gate and was captured during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. It was one of three cannon brought from China in 1901 by Col. Webb C. Hayes, the son of President Rutherford B. Hayes, and it was until recently in the Western Reserve Historical Society Collection in Cleveland, Ohio. The other two cannon are currently in the collections of West Point Military Academy in West Point, New York, and the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, Ohio.
Chinese jades in the sale featured a finely carved 19th century white jade boat carrying three diminutive passengers that fetched $122,500. Also noteworthy was an 18th century black and white jade toggle from the Honorable Judge Edgar Bromberger Collection that achieved $98,500. The toggle was superbly carved as a cluster of clam, scallop and periwinkle shells and measured a mere 2 inches in length.
A rare and exquisitely decorated Chinese red lacquer covered box and stand from the Qianlong Period, measuring 6 1/2 inches in height and 7 1/2 inches wide, sold for $110,500.
The extensive selection of Chinese snuff bottles in the auction featured a white jade example from the Honorable Judge Edgar Bromberger Collection that fetched $80,500. Dating to the Qianlong Period, it was carved as a persimmon on a gnarled and leafy stem with a coral stopper.
Chinese monochrome porcelains from the Langsdorf Collection were highlighted by a Chinese celadon glazed porcelain brushpot that fetched $37,500. Of square section, it measured 5 inches in height and bore the Qianlong seal mark on the base.
Next Asian Works of Art Auction
Consignments are currently being accepted for Doyle New York’s September 2012 Asian Works of Art auction. 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 Marley Rabstenek at 212-427-4141, ext 299 or email asian@DoyleNewYork.com