Nine Full Days to Bid on Asian Art in Upcoming Auctions

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – January 9, 2014 – Skinner, Inc. will host an Asian Art – Online auction of over 300 objects from China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia beginning on January 28th and running through February 5th, 2014. On February 3rd and 4th, Skinner will offer over 800 additional lots in the live auction at the Marlborough Gallery. The auctions feature a diverse group of decorative items ranging from Chinese ceramics and porcelain to Buddhist sculpture and Asian furniture.

Asian Art – Marlborough, February 3rd and 4th

Wucai-style Deep Dish, China (Lot 516, Estimate $300-$500)

Wucai-style Deep Dish, China (Lot 516, Estimate $300-$500)

In the two-day Asian Art – Marlborough auction, collectors will have a chance to bid on a large assortment of ceramics and porcelain. A selection of monochromatic pieces includes three fine-crackle green and yellow vases and jars (lot 519, $300 to $400). The auction also features blue and white ceramics as well as a cloisonné twin moonflask vase from China (Lot 657, $500 to $700). A Wucai-style plate decorated with birds and flowers (Lot 516, $300 to $500) is an interesting example of a piece made for the Japanese market.

A Buddha head from the collection of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (Lot 199, $800 to $1,000) is just one of a number of seated figures, heads, busts, and other examples of buddhist sculpture available at the auction. A wooden Buddha (Lot 706, $400 to $600) stands over 20 inches tall on a lotus throne, and a serene, carved wood head of Guanyin (Lot 275, $800 to $1,000) is adorned with a tiara decorated with a seated Buddha.

Pair of Display Cabinets, China (Lot 436, Estimate $1,500-$2,500)

Pair of Display Cabinets, China (Lot 436, Estimate $1,500-$2,500)

A pair of large, mirrored display cabinets (Lot 436, $1,500 to $2,500) provides the perfect opportunity to exhibit small, decorative objects and represents a diverse selection of Asian furniture to be offered in the auction. A number of paintings, textiles, jades, and other items from China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia will also be offered.

Asian Art – Online, January 28th through February 5th

While the two-day auction is a live event offering a chance to socialize and join in the fast-paced bidding in person, the online-only auction provides a nine-day period in which to consider your selections and place bids conveniently from the privacy of your own home. The majority of the ceramics, sculpture, furniture, paintings, and textiles in the Asian Art – Online auction will be offered without reserves.

Collectors, dealers, and those interested in the arts of China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia will appreciate the chance to discover interesting “finds” from among the more than 300 lots on offer. Highlights include a Chinese red lacquer tray (Lot 1183, $300-$500) and a Japanese bronze figure of a boy with a duck (Lot 911, $2,500 to $3,500).

Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

Previews for both auctions will be held on Wednesday through Friday, January 29 – 31, 2014, and on Sunday, February 2, 2014 from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Previews will also be open on the mornings of Monday, February 3, 2014, 9 a.m.-10 a.m., and Tuesday, Feburary 4, 2014, 9 a.m.-10 a.m.

An illustrated catalog for #2701M and #2695T is available from the subscription department at 508-970-3240. It is also available at the gallery. Prices realized will be available at during and after the sale. Skinner’s site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs, and bid live in real-time through SkinnerLive!

About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts with an international audience of bidders participating in person, by phone, and online through the SkinnerLive! online bidding platform. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website, find us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter @Skinnerinc.



Judith Dowling
Director of Asian Works of Art

Kate de Bethune
Director of Marketing

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