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Monrovia, CA, United States
DoneWed, Jun 17, 2015 2:00 AM GMT

The Joan Irvine Smith Asian Art Collection

Joan Irvine Smith's passion for horses and riding has always been paramount in her life. In the early 1950s, Joan Irvine Smith began collecting Chinese art with a selective eye for imagery prominently featuring horses. As time passed, the scope of the collection was expanded to comprise non-equine Chinese and Japanese antiquities and antiques including pottery, porcelain and painted panels of exceeding quality and beauty. A great number of the artworks comprising the Joan Irvine Smith Asian Art Collection were prominently featured in the Bowers Museum's 2014 exhibition "Heavenly Horses: 2000 Years of Chinese & Japanese Equine Art", as well as in the full-color exhibition book by the same name. Now, for the first time in many years, select artifacts from the collection have been made available to the open market, and Moran?s is delighted to have been selected to facilitate their sale. Spanning many centuries of production and a number of styles and mediums, the selections offered herein are representative of Joan Irvine Smith?s well-trained eye for artistic merit, rarity and craftsmanship.