SKINNER’S ASIAN WORKS OF ART SALE FEATURES OVER 1600 LOTS OF ORIGINAL PAINTINGS, IMPRESSIVE FURNITUR Skinner, Inc. one of the world’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, will host its auction of Asian Works of Art in three sessions, beginning Thursday, December 1st through Saturday, Dec
News-Antique.com - Nov 18,2011 - BOSTON, Mass. – November 18, 2011 – Skinner, Inc. one of the world’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, will host its auction of Asian Works of Art in three sessions, beginning Thursday, December 1st through Saturday, December 3rd in its Boston gallery at 63 Park Plaza. This sale features something for everyone with more than 1600 lots of impressive original paintings, furniture, and rare jade.
This year, Skinner has experienced tremendous success and secured leadership in the Asian market as demand continues to grow. Skinner recently sold an album of painting and calligraphy by renowned modern Chinese artists, including Zhang Daqian and Wang Yachen, for $1.23 million, and its June sale was the highest grossing sale in the company’s 40+ year history. This sale promises to continue the trend and includes a fine selection of Chinese, Korean, Indian, and Japanese artwork and antiques.
Session one will feature lots 1-550. Of particular interest, is an impressive collection of paintings, including many original works from notable artists such as Pu Ru, Gu Zeyang, Wu Changshuo, Gao Fenghan and Lin Zexu. Bidders should take note of lot 166, a handscroll with calligraphy on silk, inscribed with calligraphy “Chun Man Tao Yuan,” calligraphy signed “Shi An,” painting signed “Si Ma Rui Ming.” The lot is estimated to sell for between $800 and $1,200.
Another notable item in this session is lot 530: a large wooden floor screen intricately carved on both sides. The work features dragons coiling above Mt. Penglai and waves, the bases are carved with dragons and reverse S-curve motifs. The lot is estimated between $2,000 and $4,000.
Furniture makes a bold appearance in session one as well. Lot 521, from the 17th -18th century, is a Zitan Kang table with a pierced waist, estimated between $600-800. Lot 535, from the Ming period (1368-1644), is a Huanghuali compound cabinet with marble panels estimated between $2,000 and $3,000.
Rare Jade and Decorative Arts
Session two will feature lots 551-1,100. Jade is the focus with more than 300 lots featured. Of note is lot 900: a fine carved jade Rhyton cup from the 19th century, estimated between $300 and $500. A scholar’s rock in the shape of a mountain that comes from the ex-collection of C. C. Wang, lot 910, is another important piece to be offered and is estimated between $600 to $1,000.
Session three will feature lots 1101-1615. Lot 1316 is an impressive, large, elaborate gilt and cloisonné piece of Mt. Penglai Island, China, featuring pearls, semiprecious stones, coral, malachite and a Qianlong six-character mark on the base of the tray. This piece is estimated to sell for between $20,000 and $30,000. The sale also offers an extensive collection of both Japanese and Chinese ivories and a good collection of snuff bottles, ranging from the 18th to 20th century.
Additionally, there is a private collection of early Sung porcelains that may be of the period. Other items being sold include great Japanese and Korean pieces,