Cowan's to Host Inaugural Asian Art Auction on August 26-27 Cowan's to Host Inaugural Asian Art Auction
August 26-27, 2011
Featuring Ivory, Jade, Porcelain, Prints, Chinese furniture and Scroll Paintings
News-Antique.com - Aug 05,2011 - CINCINNATI – Cowan's is pleased to announce our first auction dedicated solely to Asian Art. The auction will be held over two days on Friday and Saturday August 26th and 27th in Cowan's salesroom. The auction will feature over 790 lots including a wide selection of ivory, jade and porcelain, prints, Chinese furniture, scroll paintings, and reference material. Some of the highlights in the sale include a Chinese White Jade Vase, a Chinese Republic Period Ivory Wrist Rest with Polychrome Insects, and a Portrait of a Chinese Military Officer by Illustrator Fred Craft.
Cowan's will offer a Chinese White Jade Vase estimated to sell for $20,000/30,000. This vase is in the form of a buddha's hand, with pierced and carved peach decoration.
A Chinese Republic Period Ivory Wrist Rest with Polychrome Insects is estimated to bring anywhere from $15,000/20,000. This carved double wrist rest, when closed, takes the form of a bamboo shaft. Cowan's specialist, Graydon Sikes, notes, " This fine republic period ivory wrist rest is one fine example of nearly 150 lots of Chinese and Japanese carved ivory".
A Chinese Pair of Cricket Cages is estimated at $16,000/18,000. Each cage features dragons and foliage designs.
A Chinese Jade Boulder is estimated to sell between $10,000/12,000. This boulder is carved on the front face with a series of pavilions, trees, foliage, and figures. The reverse is carved with trees and a pavilion on a fitted carved hardwood stand.
A Chinese Coral Figure of a Man is estimated at $10,000/12,000. The coral figure depicts a standing man holding a peach branch on a 20th century wooden stand.
A Glazed Terra Cotta Horse Attributed to the T'ang Dynasty is expected to sell for $5,000/7,000. This terra cotta figure depicts a horse with a pale buff glaze along with nasturtium yellow glaze on the saddle and green glaze on the cloth.
A Lot comprising five Chinese Snuff Bottles is estimated at $5,000/6,000. The lot includes a rock crystal snuff bottle carving of a buddha's hands, a silver snuff bottle with numerous foo lions in relief, a carved ivory snuff bottle with a figural courtyard scene on each side, a jadite snuff bottle with bamboo handles, and a square form inked ivory snuff bottle with a figural landscape and calligraphic text.
A Portrait of a Chinese Military Officer by Illustrator Fred Craft is expected to sell for $3,000/5,000.
A Finely Carved and Polychromed Chinese Ivory Rickshaw is expected to sell for $2,000/2,500. This is a figural group including the rickshaw, female sitter, and a pair of horses on a 20th century stand with some elements of bone and elaborately painted.
A Pair of Indian Miniatures of Mumtaz Mahal, Watercolor on Ivory is estimated at $2,000/3,000. This pair of Indian miniatures depicts Mumtaz Mahal, the empress of India during the Mughal dynasty. Mumtaz Mahal was the name given to the Persian princess Arjumand Banu Begum, the third wife of Shah Janan. A Shia Muslim, Mumtaz Mahal died during childbirth in 1631. In memory of