Past Auction

Asian Works of Art

Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 10am EDT |
New York
  • Auction of Asian Works of Art on March 18, 2019 at 10am
  • Featuring Buddhist Gilt Bronze Sculptures from The Collection of a New York Connoisseur
  • Chinese Snuff Bottles from The Kaufman Collection and The Mary Ann Bresee Collection

NEW YORK, NY -- Scheduled during Asia Week New York, Doyle’s Asian Works of Art auction on March 18, 2019 presented the arts of China, Japan and Southeast Asia from the Neolithic Period through the 20th century. Offerings included porcelain, pottery, jade, snuff bottles, scholar's objects, bronzes, screens, furniture and paintings.

Highlighting the sale was a set of eight Chinese gilt-bronze figures of Bodhisattva, each posed seated in dhyanasana on a lotus base before a flame bordered nimbus, height 4 3/4 inches. The set soared past their estimate of $6,000-8,000 to achieve a stunning $75,000.

The Collection of a New York Connoisseur

Assembled over forty years beginning in the late 1960s, this remarkable collection reflects the personal and sophisticated taste of a true connoisseur. A highly educated and respected professional in clinical research, he was also a lifelong classical musician who played the piano and harpsichord for relaxation. His remarkable collection was acquired through purchases from E&J Frankel, Ltd. and other prominent dealers of Asian art. Highlighting the collection is a group of Buddhist gilt bronze sculptures dating from the 17th through the 20th centuries.

An artistic tradition used mostly for religious purposes, Buddhist sculpture is highly prized for its beauty and historic significance. Symbolizing fidelity and happy unions, a duck-form gilt-bronze censer depicting the bird standing in water sold for $22,500, more than doubling its estimate of $8,000-10,000. When in use, smoke emits from both its open beak and a coin-shaped aperture at its rear, representing wealth and prosperity.

Property from a Private New York Collection

Highlighting Chinese porcelains from a private New York collection is a rare underglazed blue and iron-red fish jar, a Kangxi or Yongzheng period version of a type seen in the Ming dynasty. Depicting eight swimming carp, a traditional Chinese symbol of strength and perseverance, the finely potted jar more then doubled its estimate of $20,000-30,000, realizing $62,500.

Chinese Snuff Bottles from The Kaufman Collection and The Mary Ann Bresee Collection

The selection of Chinese snuff bottles offers over seventy examples from The Kaufman Collection and The Mary Ann Bresee Collection. The offerings represent a wide variety of forms and materials, including carved agate, carnelian, rock crystal, amber and jade; colorful enamel; glazed porcelain and inside painted crystal. Highlighting the snuff bottles was a group of four examples from the Estate of Mary Ann Bresee that fetched $22,500, far surpassing its estimate of $800-1,200.

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Asia Week New York 2019

Doyle is proud to be an Auction House Partner of Asia Week New York, the annual celebration of Asian art taking place on March 13-23, 2019. New York becomes the world's premier destination for collectors, curators, scholars and enthusiasts of Asian art, with special events presented throughout the city. For information on Asia Week New York, visit or the Chinese language site at 

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  • Collection of a New York Connoisseur
  • Estate of Mary Ann Bresee
  • Estate of Private New Jersey Collector
  • Property of a Private Baltimore Maryland Collector
  • Property of a Private Collector, Long Island
  • Property of a Southern Lady
  • Property of the Kaufman Collection
  • The Estate of Henry Hives
  • The Noel and Harriette Levine Collection

A Selection of Auction Highlights

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Lot 127

Chinese Cloisonne Vase

C Collection of a New York Connoisseur
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Sold for $12,500 (includes buyer's premium)