CHICAGO – On September 23 to 25, Hindman Auctions’ Asian Art sales realized more than $2.1 across three auctions.
The September 23 Asian Works of Art sale achieved extraordinary prices across multiple sessions, ultimately realizing $1,656,188. The September 24 Japanese Works of Art auction and the September 25 Asian Works of Art Online auction also saw strong engagement and competitive bidding, realizing $164,188 and $280,375, respectively. Offerings ranged from Asian lacquer and pottery wares to late 19th- through early 20th-century precious stone carvings and paintings. Property from the estate of Donna Wasserstrom of Cleveland, Ohio; the estate of Anthony D’Attilio of San Diego, California; the estate of Robert Forest Coman of Scottsdale, Arizona; and a private Chicago collector saw remarkable results.
Fantastic bidding engagement was seen in the September 23 Asian Works of Art auction. The top lot of the sale was a 19th-century famille verte porcelain figure of Guanyin, which soared past its presale estimate of $4,000-$6,000 to sell for $200,000.
Additional highlights included the sale of Mahaprajnaparamita Sutra (The Great Wisdom Sutra), Daihannyaharamitta-kyo, Volume 334 (lot 90), which exceeded its presale estimate and achieved $162,500. It is an extremely rare handwritten manuscript copy of scriptures translated and delivered by Xuanzang, written in Japan during the Nara period. A bronze figure of a seated Guanyin also saw tremendous interest and sold for $87,500, and a Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze figure of a seated Tara sold for $34,375 against a presale estimate of $6,000-$8,000.
Jade objects saw incredible bidding activity in the September 23 auction. A semi-translucent green jadeite censer and cover sold for more than 10 times its presale estimate to achieve $102,500. The squat censer body is supported on three low animal mask-form legs, and flanked with further masks carved in relief and suspending large rings as handles.
A pair of finely carved celadon jade cylindrical parfumiers climbed past its presale estimate of $30,000-$50,000 and sold for $90,000. Each parfumier shows scholars and their attendants in rocky mountainous scenes.
Other standout jade lots included a mottled green jadeite marriage bowl that realized $20,000, more than six times its presale estimate; an apple green and white jadeite Buddha’s Hand Citron and Insects brush washer from the late Qing Dynasty, which sold for more than eight times its presale estimate and realized $16,250; and a carved white jade Chilong vase, which exceeded its estimate and sold for $12,500.
Highlights of the September 24 Japanese Works of Art sale included a late 19th-century large mixed-metal inset wall panel, which achieved a top price of $17,500, and a patinated-bronze okimono of a cockerel, which realized $8,750. Samurai swords were also among top lots such as one with a blade signed (Kikumon) Nihon Kaji Sosho Iga No Kami Fujiwara Kinmichi, which soared past its presale estimate of $2,000-$3,000 to sell for $4,375.
Hindman’s September 25 Asian Works of Art Online sale was also a great success, with outstanding results achieved for ceramics, jade and bronze lots. Top performers included a set of two Chinese porcelain vases – one decorated with peach branches within circular reserves, the second a celadon glazed vase – which achieved $21,250. A Chinese carved celadon jade bell sold for $20,000, and two Asian bronze figures realized $12,500. A Thai gilt decorated bronze figure of a seated Buddha sold for a strong price of $10,000.
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