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Consider This: Collecting Chinese Textiles

Subject and Symbolism

The symbols depicted on a textile can tell you quite specifically what the function was and who would have owned it. Chimes, twin fish, and double happiness characters are symbols for blessings in marriage, designating a marriage robe. At the same time, Imperial dragons were strictly only used on Imperial textiles until the later parts of the Qing dynasty. 

Manchu Wedding Robe, China, 19th century. Sold for $9,225 in September 2019.

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The Allure of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain

Chinese blue and white porcelain has an appealing charm that has long been recognized among art collectors and ceramics aficionados. Many elements contribute to this, but the most prominent would be the cobalt blue color. In China, the use of blue pigment on ceramics began as early as the late Tang dynasty. Still, it was not until the late Yuan dynasty that blue and white porcelain gained popularity, and production started in sizable quantities.… Read More

$1.6M Chinese Vase from a New England Home Leads Skinner Asian Works of Art Auction

BOSTON, MA – June 19, 2020. The Skinner June auction presenting the arts of China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia dating from Neolithic times through the 20th century was a resounding success. Robust participation from top international collectors and dealers on material from estates and collections long off the market resulted in prolonged competitive bidding and a $2.5M auction

“The success of this recent Asian auction is testament to the valuable work Skinner does helping families realize top market potential for their tangibles,” says Skinner CEO, Karen M.… Read More

The Enduring Beauty of Tomb Pottery

It is often said that Chinese collectors are loath to buy works from tombs for fear of disturbing the spirits of their ancestors. In fact, nothing is further from the truth. Throughout millennia, farmers relished digging for buried objects found in countless surrounding tombs, as much as they did digging for their crops. Until recent laws passed by the Chinese government prohibiting the sale of burial objects, the market for this material was lucrative.Read More

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.… Read More

Chinese Cloisonne Charger Hits $315,000 at Skinner

BOSTON, MA – March 25, 2019. The Skinner March 22nd Asian Works of Arts auction presented the arts of China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia dating from Neolithic times through the 20th century. Featured were examples of Chinese monochrome ceramics, Gandharan and Sino-Tibetan Buddhist sculpture, Japanese Satsuma ware, and Chinese textiles. Property from estates and collections long off the market showed their strength with many examples selling above estimate pushed by competitive bidding from international and domestic bidders in the room, on the telephones, and via live internet bidding resulting in a sale 90% sold by value.… Read More

Exploring Chinese Textiles | Gallery Walk

 

Thursday, March 21| Reception 5:30PM, Gallery Walk 6PM

Join specialist Helen Eagles from the Asian Works of Art Department for a gallery walk and discussion about the Chinese textiles from the London textile collection of Nancy Murphy featured in the March 22 Asian Works of Art auction.

Primarily dating to the end of the Qing dynasty, the collection showcases purses, fan cases, and collars. The accessories are embellished and embroidered in a variety of stitches with decorations rich in blessings for the wearer, and provide an excellent introduction to the wider symbolism and techniques unique to Chinese textiles.Read More

Skinner Offers Asian Art from Private Collections at Auction on March 22, 2019

Boston, MA – March 4, 2019 – Skinner presents an Asian Works of Art auction featuring 500 lots of Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian art and antiques. Coinciding with Asia Week New York, the sale features five important private collections: Chinese monochrome ceramics, Gandharan and Sino-Tibetan Buddhist sculpture, Japanese Satsuma ware, and Chinese textiles. Collected over an extended period, each illustrates the highly selective tastes of the collector.… Read More

Treasures of the East: Skinner’s September Asian Works of Art Auction Offers Alluring Jade, Cloisonné, and Textiles

Skinner’s fall Asian Works of Art auction presents more than 500 lots, with outstanding examples of textiles, jade, cloisonné, painted miniatures, Peking glass, and metal wares. The auction will take place at Skinner’s Boston Gallery on Friday, September 15 at 10AM.

Jade, considered the most precious material in Chinese traditional culture, is believed to promote wisdom, balance, and peace. This revered mineral, with its rich mystical significance, is used to create artifacts that exhibit the finest craftsmanship of great artisans.… Read More

A Conversation About Collecting Asian Art with Richard Kenworthy, PhD

Richard Kenworthy, Former Professor of Architecture at Auburn University in Alabama and Asian Art expert discusses collecting with Melanie Mitcheson, Skinner’s Auction Coordinator.

What are the Asian countries represented in the current auction?

Primarily China and Japan. We do have a very unusual piece from India:  a dark wooden valuables chest with decorative straps around it—in the right space, it would be very dramatic (Lot 1520).Read More

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