Weekly Auctions of Exceptional Items
DoneSat, Jan 19, 2019 11:00 PM GMT
2019 NEW YEAR ASIAN ART COLLECTION AUCTION
This auction features over 250 lots of Chinese Art including paintings, jade carvings, porcelain, furniture, jewelry, and Buddhist sculptures. Of note are items from a prominent Canadian family collection of British descent items during acquired c.1950-1975. Estate of the late Harry Geoffrey Beasley (1881-1939). Beasley was a British anthropologist and museum curator who set up the Cranmore Ethnographical Museum, which eventually held more than 6000 objects. Beasley died in 1939 and a large portion of his collection was stored within the British Museum collection during the war, which was fortunate, as the Cranmore Museum was destroyed by a bomb during WW II. After the war, substantial portions of the Beasley Collection were passed to the British Museum, the Royal Museum in Edinburgh, Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, the Pitt River Museum in Oxford and the Liverpool Museums. Several hundred examples were also kept by Beasley and passed onto his widow. This portion of the collection was acquired by my grandfather whom was a close fellow Archaic art historian form Beasley's Widow who passed away in 1974. Additional examples in the collection were acquired from the David Percival, Lord Elgin, Marchant, and Sotheby?s Parke Bernet collections during the 1950-1975 era.