Asian antiques, Royals’ silver highlight Whitley’s auction March 31

Asian antiques

Chinese carved coral sculpture, Guanyin, three Immortals, on a reticulated wooden base, 23in. high x 20in. long. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Whitley’s image

DANIA BEACH, Fla. – Whitley’s Auctioneers, located in the Fort Lauderdale area, will hold their highly anticipated spring Asian, Fine Art and Antiques auction on Sunday, March 31, at 9 a.m. Eastern time. Included in the sale are three major estates from Europe and the United States. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

In the Asian antiques section, centuries-old examples of jade, cloisonné, satsuma, jewelry, stone carvings and other rare Asian items dating as far back as the 12th century will be appearing for at auction for the first time.

Asian antiques

Two Chinese jade heavenly horses, 15.25in x 12.75in. on a carved hardwood base. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000. Whitley’s image

Of particular note is an important book by Yingzao Fashi, Ying Tsao Fa Shi) Li Jie Tao Edition, (Title translation: Treatise on Architectural Methods or State Building Standards.) This original 1925 edition is a technical treatise on architecture and craftsmanship written by the Chinese author Li Jie (1065-1110), an official who supervised of state buildings and construction during China’s Song Dynasty (960-1279). This is the oldest existing technical manual about Chinese architecture to have survived intact and in its entirety.

Asian antiques

Eight volumes on Chinese architectural methods of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), published in 1925. Estimate: $9,000-$15,000. Whitley’s image

Exquisite items in hallmarked silver including four sterling silver entree sets, gifted “To  Their Royal Highnesses The Prince & Princess Christian of Schleswig Holstein on the Occasion of Their Silver Wedding,” 1891, are available. Other famed silver brands include Reid and Son, Thomas Heming – the principal gold and silversmith to King George III, Walter and John Barnard, and works attributed to Zuloaga Family.

Asian antiques

Four sterling silver wedding gift entrees gifted to members of the British Royal family in 1891. Estimate: $5,000-$9,000. Whitley’s image

Paintings recently deacquisitioned from the collection of Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, Fla., are being offered. The Lighthouse ArtCenter was founded by Christopher Norton, son of the founders of Palm Beach’s Norton Museum of Art. Included are works by listed artists such as Ellen Pyle, Louis Betts, A.E. Backus and Alfred Hair of the Florida Highwaymen.

Asian antiques

Painting by A.E. Backus (1906-1990), Impressionist oil painting in the Indian River School tradition, 1972, 16in. x 20in. Estimate: $6,000-$10,000. Whitley’s image

The live auction will take place at Whitley’s Auctioneers, located at 485 S. Federal Highway, Dania Beach, Florida 33004.

For more information contact Whitley’s Auctioneers at or call 954-866-8044.