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Asian decorative art to star at Turner Auctions + Appraisals Nov. 20

Chinese Ming celadon planter. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – On Tuesday, Nov. 20, Turner Auctions + Appraisals is will offer a wide selection of Asian Decorative Works of Arts. The sale features over 210 lots from China, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and other countries, mostly from the 19th and 20th centuries. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

From China are Ming celadon platters and bowls; bronze Buddhas and heads; censers and teapots; a stone goddess carving; blanc de chine and other figures; porcelain bowls and cups; a polychrome vase; sets of dishes and plates; foo dogs; snuff bottles; embroideries; stone seals; cinnabar; cloisonné; carved wood panels; dolls; jadeite and stone carvings; paneled screens; Peking glass, crackleware, blue and white, and famille vert items; paintings, scrolls and watercolors.

From Japan are Meiji bronze vases and an elephant; Imari bowls and dishes; Satsuma and other porcelain items; lacquerware and boxes; geisha dolls; fabrics; a tsuba and more.

From other countries are a palm sutra and gilded Buddha from Tibet; several bronze Buddhas from Thailand; carved wood panel and figural carvings from Indonesia; and Asian purses and pendants. Several reference books complete the sale.

Turner Auctions + Appraisals will begin its online auction on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 10:30 a.m. Pacific time/1:30 p.m. Eastern.

 The following items are some of the auction’s highlights:

– Lot 1: Fine Chinese Ming fishbowl-shaped celadon planter (above). Exceptional 15th-century Chinese Ming fishbowl-shaped celadon planter on stand, 6½ inches high (on stand) by 12¼ inches in diameter. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000.

– Lot 6: Finely cast Japanese Meiji bronze vase. An exceptional late 19th-/early 20th-century Japanese Meiji bronze vase, the body cast in high relief with a herd of trumpeting elephants of various sizes and modeled in different attitudes. 12 inches high by 19 inches in diameter. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000.

Finely cast Japanese Meiji bronze vase. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

– Lot 60:  Thai bronze of reclining Buddha (below), 19th- century, 7 1/2 inches high by 24 wide x 7 deep. Estimate:  $2,000-$3,000.

Thai bronze of a reclining Buddha. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

– Lot 19: Finely decorated 19th-century gilt glaze Japanese Kutani vase, 6 1/2 inches high by 3 1/2 diameter. Estimate: $500-$700.

– Lot 83: Chinese silk robe, 20th century, 53 inches at shoulder. Estimate: $600-$800.

Chinese silk robe, 20th century. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

– Lot 4: 19th-century Tibetan palm sutra on palm leaf with wood covers, case measuring 24 inches high by 24 inches wide by 4½ inches deep, on a custom-made stand. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000.

– Lot 77: Khmer-style carved stone head, on stand, 9½ inches high x 3½ square. Estimate: $700-$900.

Khmer-style carved head. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

– Lot 3: Large 19th-century Chinese stone carving of goddess Kwan Yin with a child and a stork, 16 inches high by 9 inches wide by 4 inches deep. Estimate: $600-$800.

– Lot 89: Carved wood 19th-century Indonesian panel, 69½ inches high by 13 inches wide. Estimate: $800-$1,200.

– Lot 181: Large 17th- or 18th-century Chinese bowl in the Japanese imari style, 4½ inches high, 10½ inches in diameter; some old minor rim repair noted. Estimate: $500-$700.

– Lot 208: Late 19th-/early 20th-century Chinese four-panel screen with stone carving details in good condition with minor abrasions to back,72 inches high by 64 inches wide. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500.

For more information, contact Stephen Turner, president of Turner Auctions, at 415-964-5250 or

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