MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – February 10, 2012 – Skinner, Inc., one of the world’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, will host an auction of Asian Works of Art on February 15th in its Marlborough gallery. The Asian Art sale in the Marlborough gallery will feature 800 lots of Chinese, Korean, and Japanese artwork and antiques.
A response to the heightened interest in Asian art over the last several years, the Asian Marlborough sale presents a breadth of decorative arts and furniture to collectors and designers alike. Unique pieces, created in the style of the earlier dynasties, will be offered.
Porcelain & Ceramics
Many of the Chinese porcelains in the sale date to the Republic period (1911-1949), which recently has seen increased interest among collectors. These works are beautifully painted, by outstanding artists, and often show a Western influence. Fine examples are available at reasonable prices including lot 441, a varied group of miniature ceramics that includes vases, snuff bottles, and dishes ($300 to $500). Other ceramics from China, Japan and Korea include lot 61, a blue and white porcelain Bau vase with a dragon and cloud decoration ($300 to $400); a large porcelain charger, lot 111, with peony branches on a white ground ($250 to $300); and a collection of five porcelain items, lot 445, that includes an elegant Ming-style vase ($200 to $400).
Jades, Netsuke, & Ivories
The sale features nearly fifty lots of fine jade carvings. Highlights include: lot 467, three jade carvings which include two buckles depicting chilong and a bracelet ($800 – $1200); lot 173, a jade snuff bottle from the 19th century depicting a boy on a toy horse ($200 – $300); and lot 457, a collection of four jade carvings of a mountain, a bird, a boy, and a water buffalo ($800 – $1200).
Netsuke figures include: lot 285, three figures of Daikoku and his children, Ebisu, and a Bonsai master ($200 – $300) and lot 296, three figures that include two musicians, a monkey, and a puppeteer ($200 – $300).
The sale offers a varied assortment of more than fifty ivories as well. Lot 23 is a humorous figure of two boys lighting a firecracker ($300 – $500). Lot 455 depicts an elegant standing figure of Kuan Yin holding several of the immortal attributes ($400 – $600), and lot 28 is a set of the seven gods of luck, each standing on a wooden base ($300 – $500).
Lot 432A is an exquisitely carved bamboo snuff bottle carved with “Fu” characters ($250 – $350).
Single Owner Collection
Included in the sale is a large group from a single owner of items collected in the 1960s in China. Among the items are large, porcelain palace vases of baluster shape with a blue underglaze and decorated with flowers and grapes ($300 – $500). Lot 390, a pair of cloisonné horses, caparisoned and decorated with scrolling dragons and clouds ($1,500 and $2,500) and another stunning pair of black stone horses, lot 797, weighing approximately 800 pounds ($800 and $1,200) are up for bid as well.
Furniture from this collection includes lot 374, an Elmwood altar table ($1,000 to $1,500), and lot 791, an Elmwood scholar’s cabinet featuring four doors with fretwork, three sliding drawers and two compartments behind sliding doors ($700 – $900).
Previews, Catalogue and Bidding
Previews for the auction will be held on Monday, February 13, 2012, 12p.m.-5 p.m., and Tuesday, February 14, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., and Wednesday, February 15, 9 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Illustrated catalogue #2584M is available from the subscription department at 508-970-3240. It is also available at the gallery. Prices realized will be available at www.skinnerinc.com during and after the sale. Skinner’s site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogues, and bid live in real-time through SkinnerLive!
Skinner, Inc. is one of the world’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art. With expertise in over 20 specialty collecting areas, Skinner draws the interest of buyers from all over the world and its auctions regularly achieve world record prices. Skinner provides a broad range of auction and appraisal services, and it is widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the auction business. Skinner’s appraisal experts regularly appear on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, and its specialty departments include American Furniture & Decorative Arts, American & European Works of Art, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, 20th Century Design, Fine Ceramics, Fine Silver, Fine Jewelry, Couture, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Works of Art, Fine Wines, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, Fine Judaica, Antique Motor Vehicles, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, Discovery and Science, Technology & Clocks. Skinner galleries are located in Boston and Marlborough, Mass. For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s web site www.skinnerinc.com.
- Judith Dowling, Director of Asian Works of Art, 508-970-3255, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kate de Bethune, Director of Marketing, 508-970-3231, email@example.com