BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions will host it annual holiday auction on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 featuring a two-session sale commencing with fine Asian art and antiques starting at 10 a.m. Eastern followed by jewelry and fine art. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Highlights of the Asian sale include an 18th century Sino-Tibetan gilt-bronze figure of Yamantaka with three faces, six arms and four feet holding Vajravetali on a double-lotus pedestal (above). The bronze measures 11 7/8 inches high by 8 1/2 inches wide and is valued at $20,000-$30,000. It was from the estate of Peter L. Rosenberg, a collector from New Hampshire.
From the collection of Dr. Anthony Newton of Massachusetts come several important pieces in the sale including a Chinese Yuhuchun porcelain vase from the Qianlong period. Decorated with peonies, bamboo and a rockery motif in enamel on famille rose it is displayed on its original wood stand and measures 4 1/2 inches high and is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.
From a New Hampshire private collector comes a pair of Kangxi period famille rose temple jars (below) and a large Chinese gilt famille rose porcelain dragon plaque decorated with a copper-red dragon dancing amid flaming pearls and ruyi clouds surrounded by the eight Buddhist treasure symbols. The Chinese Qing dynasty porcelains are estimated at $4,000-$6,000 while the 23-inch-diameter plaque is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
Leading Session Two are two exceptional Frank W. Benson (American, 1862-1951) watercolors. A Good Day for Ducks (below) is signed lower left with a Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts tag and personal wish on a card verso, while Ipswich Marshes is framed under glass with a Museum of Fine Arts exhibition tag. Both are conservatively estimated at $5,000-$10,000.
A Tiffany & Co. sterling silver six-piece tea and coffee set and sterling tray in the auction is valued at $8,000-$12,000.
There is a large and varied selection of jewelry and smalls on offer including a pair of 18K gold Elizabeth Locke earrings, Seaman Schepps 14K gold Turbo shell and ruby clip earrings, a South Sea pearl ring, diamond rings, Bohemian glass decanters and a large offering of bronzes.