“I was especially pleased with the energetic response to the auction from our Chinese collectors,” said Graydon Sikes, director, Asian art at Cowan’s. “We had several important collections in the sale and the results were exceptional. We will continue to vet material aggressively and maintain this high standard.”
The highest-selling lot in the auction was a pair of important Kangxi chargers, which realized $274,500. A pair of these chargers is listed in the illustrated catalog of the Tokyo National Museum, titled Chinese Ceramics, Volume 2, 1990.
The second-highest-selling lot was a Ming period bronze Guanyin, which exceeded its estimate of $5,000-$6,000 and hammered down at $72,000.
A northern Chi-style Buddha hammered down at $51,000. This Buddha, possibly fourth century, is carved seated with jeweled regalia and flanked by two attendants.
Libation cups performed well in the sale. A 17th century rhinoceros horn libation cup sold for $48,000, and a Chinese Yuan period/Ming period libation cup realized $26,400.
Jadeite items also did particularly well in the auction. A jadeite lidded vase sold for $55,200. A Chinese jade bracelet and pendant realized $26,400. A Chinese jadeite snuff bottle realized $12,000, and an archaistic jadeite vase realized $4,200.
Chinese export silver made a strong showing in the sale. A Chinese export silver presentation bowl with dragons sold for $10,800. Two Chinese export silver teapots sold for $4,200 and $3,900.
Additional noteworthy lots in the sale were a bamboo brush pot, which realized $36,000, and an important collection of Chinese incense clocks, which realized $20,400. An 18th century ivory brush pot realized $18,000, and a Kangxi beehive water pot also hammered down at $18,000.
Cowan’s will continue to seek important consignments for its January sale of Asian Art.
View the fully illustrated catalog for the July 27 auction, complete with prices realized, at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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