Arts of Asia the Focus of the Skinner September 14 Auction

Pair of Spinach Green Covered Vessels, China (Lot 335, Estimate: $50,000-70,000)

BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 28, 2019 – Skinner’s Asian Works of Art auction will be held on Saturday, September 14 in Boston. Featuring over 550 lots of Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian art and antiques. Offerings include Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ceramics; Chinese jades, Chinese textiles; Buddhist bronzes and carvings; Chinese and Korean paintings; Tibetan thangkas; Chinese scholar’s objects and furniture, and a selection of important reference books.

Highlights from the sale include many excellent jades and textiles complied from several private New England collections. Outstanding examples in these two areas are the large pair of spinach green jade covered vessels (Lot 335, Estimate: $50,000-70,000) which feature finely carved archaic motifs, and an Imperial midnight blue robe (Lot 432, Estimate: $10,000-15,000), which would have been worn by one of the highest ranking members of the imperial court.

Man’s Formal Court Robe, China, late 19th/early 20th century (Lot 432, Estimate: $10,000-15,000
Large Pottery Model of a Prancing Horse, China, Han dynasty (Lot 246, Estimate: $15,000-20,000)

An important Han pottery piece is a large prancing horse (Lot 246, Estimate: $15,000-20,000). Korean ceramics are strongly represented in the sale including an exceptional dragon jar (Lot 64, Estimate: $2,000-3,000). Bidders will have the chance to compete to win a fine early Thangka (Lot 505, Estimate: $300-500) and a Tianqiuping (Lot 62, Estimate: $3,000-5,000) decorated with an unusual double-dragon motif and auspicious symbols representing longevity and blessings.

Pair of Mixed Metal Gilt-bronze and Gilt-silver Vases, Japan, Meiji period (Lot 378, Estimate: $4,000-6,000)

Among the exquisite Japanese works offered are two remarkable cloisonné vases (Lots 376 and 377), from the Hayashi and the Ando workshops, as well as a pair of Meiji period mixed metal vases (Lot 378, Estimate: $4,000-6,000).

Previewed together with this live auction will be an online auction of over 200 Japanese prints gathered from several private collections and that span the 18th to the 21st centuries. Classic Ukiyo-e prints from Hokusai to Hiroshige are on offer in addition to more modern examples from Hasui, Oda, and Munakata, and buyers also have the opportunity to discover some exceptional contemporary artwork. Bidding will be open from September 9-16.

Previews, Catalogs & Events

Previews for the auction will be held on September 12, from 12PM – 5PM; September 13, from 12PM – 7PM; and September 14, from9AM – 10AM.  Free and open to the public, specialists will be on hand to answer questions. Auction catalogs may be viewed online.

In conjunction with these auctions, Japanese prints dealer and lecturer Allison Tolman will be giving a talk about modern Japanese prints on Friday, September 13 at the Boston Gallery.

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