Past Auction

Asian Works of Art

Mon, Mar 15, 2021 at 10am EDT |
New York
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Chinese Huanghuali Armchairs Achieve $239,400!

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  • Successful Auction of Asian Works of Art on March 15, 2021
  • Chinese Huanghuali Armchairs Achieve $239,400
  • Sale Total Tops $1.2 Million -- Far Surpassing the Pre-Sale Estimate

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle’s Asian Works of Art auction on March 15, 2021 attracted a global audience of bidders competing for the arts of China, Japan and elsewhere throughout Asia spanning the Neolithic Period through the 20th century. Showcased were bronzes, jades, snuff bottles, porcelains, pottery, furniture, scholar’s objects and paintings from prominent collections and estates.

With competitive international bidding, the auction totaled a successful $1,267,308, far surpassing the pre-sale estimate of $608,200-888,300, with 75% sold by lot and 96% sold by value.

Highlighting the sale was a fine pair of Chinese 18th century Huanghuali high-back armchairs that soared past their estimate of 15,000-20,000 to achieve a stunning $239,400. Both chairs display gentle signs of age and use, from the wear to the foot rails to the rounded edges of the arms. Treasured since the late Ming dynasty, furniture made from precious Huanghuali wood is distinguished by its beautiful grain, sweet aroma and warm color.

The top lot among the Chinese porcelains was a rare Ming blue and white double gourd ewer and cover that fetched $69,300, more than tripling its estimate of $15,000-20,000. Measuring 5 1/2 inches in height, this diminutive ewer was very well made and thankfully very well kept since its date of manufacture. The admirer’s eye is drawn to its delicate organic form, but the elements of its construction reveal the work of a technically skilled ceramicist:  the glaze and underglaze decorations were masterfully controlled; the potting of the ewer and cover was precise and well-balanced; and the applying and shaping of the slip decoration was advanced for the period.

Property from the collection of noted British-Hungarian collector and philanthropist Dr. Henry Guinness de Laszlo (1901-1967) featured a pair of Imperial Chinese porcelain 'Dragon' bowls that realized $63,000, many times their estimate of $8,000-12,000. Each bearing Qianlong Seal Marks in underglaze blue and of the Period, these unusual and striking blue-ground bowls actually represent the more modern taste of the collector, who was the son of famed painter Philip De Laszlo, one of Britain’s premier Edwardian portrait painters.

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