Fine Asian Decorative Art
Almost all of the following lots are from a private New Zealand collection. The gentleman began collecting in the 1970s as his business afforded him extensive travel throughout Northern Europe, the Middle East, and South East Asia including Taiwan and China.
Inspired by the museums and art galleries visited, collecting started with mainly small sculptures, wood carvings, and paintings. Over the years it has turned into a serious hobby with numerous pieces purchased at auction throughout the world. Indeed, the auctions and galleries became the focal point of his travels. When visiting a Chinese porcelain exhibition 25 years ago his passion turned to this field of collecting. It grew to include Japanese and Korean porcelain, as well as Chinese.
The vast majority of pieces within this collection are period pieces. Within this collection are period pieces spanning the Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties and the Republic. However, as is becoming common practice with many auction houses, we have not dated the pieces in this catalogue. Tony Allen has assisted with the cataloguing and is highly regarded internationally in this field.