A SUMMER AUCTION IN “TWO ACTS” AT GARTH’S “Summer stock” may regularly refer to acting, but in August, Garth’s will present theatrical productions of its own sort with a duo of summer auctions on its own stage August 5-6 in Delaware, Ohio.
News-Antique.com - Jul 21,2011 - “Summer stock” may regularly refer to acting, but in August, Garth’s will present theatrical productions of its own sort with a duo of summer auctions on its stage in Delaware, Ohio. Looking to dispel the dog days of summer with an array of cool choices from the August 5th Eclectic Auction and the August 6th auction of Asian, Continental and American Fine Art, Furniture and Decorative Accessories, Garth’s will present over 1600 lots in two days. Looking ahead to the upcoming sales, Garth’s staff is excited given the strong response the 2010 summer sales which they are looking to repeat. The last summer offerings were so successful that President Amelia Jeffers noted, “Both sales drew strong numbers of bidders, in person and online, with approximately 10% of participants being new clients – a terrific result for this time of year! All factors proving if you market your sales well, you will find the buyers, be they in Ohio, New York, Hong Kong, London, or wherever.” These 2011 sales are just as strong with tremendous breadth from which to choose: early Asian lacquered furniture, carved ivory figures & netsukes, and fine porcelains to American and Continental 19th century fine art and classical furniture to mid-century modern Danish furniture and contemporary items by Kittinger.
Given the pre-sale reviews, it will not be a surprise when a monumental, 34” high carved jade figure takes center stage during the Saturday session. The figure of a crowned Bodhisattva sits in a serene pose is lovely pale green with areas of russet. The beautifully weathered surface adds to the beauty of this “wisdom-being” estimated at $3000-5000. Other Asian garden statuary will include a 43” high jade figure of Kwan Yin, a woman with a lotus blossom and fan (Est. $1500-2500) and a pair of white marble foo dogs (Est. $400-600).
Sales of Asian carved ivory figures and accessories have been robust in the last several years. A fine Chinese ivory vase carved with scenic mountain views should continue the trend. The vase is possibly Qianlong (1736-1795) with raised characters within two cartouches and measures 7” high (Est. $1500-3000). A Chinese ivory chest set with emperor and empress measuring 6” and 5 ½” atop a wooden inlaid board should reach $800-1200. An assortment of other Asian ivory figures will include an Emperor with a ruyi, a Bodhisattva with flaming halo and lotus throne, the Chinese god of longevity and more, each about 10-13” high and estimated in the range of $500-1200. Other European ivories of courtiers and busts of ladies will also be sold.
A set of eight 18th-19th century Chinese scrolls are impressive at 6’4” high and 12’ wide (Est. $2000-4000). The scrolls are gouache on paper and depict a continuous image of courtiers and soldiers traveling on a road bringing tribute to an Emperor’s palace. The color red is used throughout the panels to lead the eye along the journey. The color red is powerful in Asian culture and in China it usually means good