Weekly Auctions of Exceptional Items
Sat, Nov 24, 2018 11:00 PM GMT
Important Estate Asian Art Collection Auction
This is our first auction at our new modern facility, and features over 200 lots of Chinese Art including paintings, jade carvings, porcelain, furniture, jewelry, and Buddhist sculptures. Of note are two important Chinese collections from Toronto estates. The first estate (lots 68-84) features a group of Chinese porcelain from Sear Hang Hwie Pao (1937-2009). Mr. Pao was one of Canada's leading dealers of Chinese porcelain and works of art. His antique store, Pao & Moltke Ltd., was a fixture in Toronto's trendy Yorkville area for over thirty years. The second notable estate collection comes from a former minister with the Canadian government during the 1980's (lot 98-137). In all, his Asian Art collection contains over 150 mostly Chinese objects he collected from the 1960's to the 2000's. Many of these pieces were acquired locally in Toronto from dealers such as Weisbrod and Dy, the Hundred Antiques, Pao and Moltke, and C. C. Lai Antiques. Also of note is lot 138, a Chinese copper-red dragon vase with a Kangxi mark and of the period (1662-1722). This rare vase was acquired in Hong Kong by an important local Toronto collector. This auction also features various paintings from important Canadian collections. The most important piece is lot 194, a depiction of a waterfall by Chinese modernist master Li Keran (1907-1989).