Monumental 19th century Chinese porcelain palace vase will headline Tremont Auctions' April 23 sale A monumental Chinese porcelain palace vase made around 1870 with lovely pate-sur-pate pagoda decoration will headline Tremont Auctions' important Asian works of art auction on Sunday, April 23rd.
News-Antique.com - Apr 04,2017 - NEWTON, Mass. – A monumental Chinese porcelain palace vase made around 1870 with lovely pate-sur-pate pagoda decoration, and three miniature Persian paintings executed in the early 17th century during the Safavid period, are expected top achievers in an important Asian works of art auction scheduled for Sunday, April 23rd, by Tremont Auctions, online and in the firm’s gallery.
The gallery address is 26 Ossipee Road in Newton (zip 02464). Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and the Chinese platform Artfox.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted, for select lots. The auction will begin promptly at 10:30 am Eastern time. In all, around 600 premier lots, all of them Asian and mostly Chinese, will be sold.
The Chinese temple vase, monumental at 48 inches in height, comes with a superb provenance, having descended through the family of the American banker and philanthropist Morris Ketchum Jesup (1830-1908), who also served as president of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The vase was kept at Jesup’s summer home in Lenox, Mass., called Belvoir Terrace.
The vase is pear-shaped, with a trumpet mouth. The pate-sur-pate decorations are of pagodas, figures, animals and flowers, in a white slip of slate blue ground. It is estimated to sell for $10,000-$15,000.
The three miniature Persian paintings, to be sold as individual lots, were done in the early 1600s using ink, colors and gilt on heavy paper. All three are framed and glazed and have an average size of 12 inches by 7 ¼ inches. One depicts a combat scene from a Shahnama, one a scene of Sultan Sanjar and his Vizier, and one a scene of The Fire Ordeal of Siyavush, from a Shahnama. The paintings come from the collection of an octogenarian collector in Boston’s Back Bay area.
Other items up for bid will include a wonderful group of more than 100 carved jade objects, gilt Buddha bronzes, works of art, textiles, works on paper, porcelain and more. Tremont Auctions, under the leadership of its Director of Asian Arts, Jim Callahan, was able to attract a major estate out of Newport, R.I.; a downsizing Connecticut collector; and items across the U.S. and Canada.
“It’s getting harder and harder to bring in consistently high-grade Asian pieces, because there are so many more players in the auction business, all competing for the same prizes,” Callahan said. “I have the advantage of having been in this industry and working the Asian market for decades, so the better merchandise has a way of finding me. This sale really loaded with quality items.”
Callahan was drawn to Asian arts early on. At age 11 he was the youngest exhibitor at an antiques show in Quincy, Mass. Since then he has gained renown as an expert on all aspects of Asian art, culture and customs, from virtually every important Asian nation. If his name sounds familiar, it may be from his many appearances on the series Antiques Roadshow, as an appraiser.