a method that requires great artistic skill. The carverís technique masterfully rendered a three-dimensional, ďlayeredĒ effect to the piece. The presale estimate has been set at $40,000-$50,000.
The rich cobalt hue of lapis lazuli is the immediate focal point of a Qianlong table screen from an old Shanghai collection. According to Chait, it may have Imperial provenance.
ďMost table screens of this type are made of wood. Lapis is more rare,Ē he said. The lot is estimated at $35,000-$40,000.
Additional objects of exceptional quality are still arriving for consignment to Chaitís Asia Week auction, including a collection of 70 extremely fine 20th-century netsukes, most being of ivory and all by important carvers. The collection was purchased at auctions and from top dealers in the 1990s, bearing out Isadore Chaitís theory about a 20-year buying-and-reselling cycle.
Chaitís Asia Week auction is the firmís most important sale of the year. Each object selected for inclusion in this yearís premier event was personally selected and vetted by Isadore Chait and comes with the companyís guarantee of authenticity. Mr. Chait is an internationally acknowledged expert in both Oriental sculpture and gemology. He is a recommended appraiser to many museums and educational institutions, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Norton Simon Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
All auction items will be available to preview daily from March 16-20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (10 a.m. till noon on auction day) at I.M. Chaitís gallery on the 6th floor of the historic Fuller Building, 595 Madison Ave. at 57th St., New York, NY 10022. A West Coast preview will take place from Feb. 27-March 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment, at I.M. Chaitís flagship gallery located at 9330 Civic Center Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
The March 21 Asia Week New York auction will commence at 2 p.m. Eastern Time at the Fuller Building gallery, with all forms of bidding available, including live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com.
Four of I.M. Chaitís staff are fluent in Mandarin and will be on hand to greet Asian visitors to the New York gallery space and to assist Chinese-speaking bidders over the phone during the auction.
For additional information on any lot in the sale or to obtain a fully illustrated color catalog ($35 + shipping), call 1-800-775-5020 or 310-285-0182; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the company online at www.chait.com.
Rare 15th-century Ming Xuande porcelain sprinkler, est. $250,000-$350,000. I.M. Chait image.