Bonhams Skinner’s spring lineup includes compelling Asian art auction

Yellow peking glass bottle vase, estimated at $25,000-$35,000. Image courtesy of Bonhams Skinner

Yellow peking glass bottle vase, estimated at $25,000-$35,000. Image courtesy of Bonhams Skinner

BOSTON – Bonhams Skinner will close out March with four auctions featuring important collections and significant works from around the world. American Indian & Tribal Art brings to auction artifacts encompassing many of the world’s tribal cultures, from North American indigenous tribes to objects from Africa, the South Pacific and South-East Asia. The Goddard Family Collections is highlighted by a Philadelphia Chippendale carved and figured mahogany dressing table, circa 1765. Finally, the Asian Art department will present several notable collections across two sales. Absentee and Internet live bidding for specific sales will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

American Indian & Tribal Art, March 20-30

The Bonhams Skinner American Indian & Tribal Art auction, online from March 20-30, features artifacts encompassing many of the world’s tribal cultures, from the North American indigenous tribes to objects from Africa, the South Pacific and South-East Asia.

Hopi polychrome pottery bowl, estimated at $800-$1,700. Image courtesy of Bonhams Skinner

Hopi polychrome pottery bowl, estimated at $800-$1,700. Image courtesy of Bonhams Skinner

Highlights range from ritual figures from the Congo to shaman’s masks from the Ivory Coast and the Himalayas, to war clubs, bark cloth and early stone tools from Melanesia and Polynesia. Additionally, the sale has a wide range of North American artifacts, such as Northwest Coast horn spoons and totems, California baskets, Navajo textiles and silver and turquoise jewelry, Hopi katsinas and Southwest pottery. Of particular note is a Hopi polychrome pottery bowl, estimated at $800-$1,700; a large Southwest polychrome pottery tile, estimated at $800-$1,200, and a pair of Plains beaded moccasins, estimated at $600-$800.

The Collections of the Historically Significant Goddard Family of Providence, Rhode Island, March 26-April 5

From March 26-April 5, Bonhams Skinner will bring the Goddard family collections to auction. The Goddard family was one of the most prominent families in Providence, Rhode Island and for generations resided in one of Providence’s finest neoclassical mansions. During more than two centuries, the family assembled a remarkable collection of 18th-century furniture, colonial American silver from Newport, Rhode Island, and Boston, Chinese export porcelain, antique oriental rugs, and related decorative art from America and Europe.

Circa-1765 Philadelphia Chippendale carved and figured mahogany dressing table, estimated at $100,000-$150,000. Image courtesy of Bonhams Skinner

Circa-1765 Philadelphia Chippendale carved and figured mahogany dressing table, estimated at $100,000-$150,000. Image courtesy of Bonhams Skinner

The highlight of the sale is an exceptional circa-1765 Philadelphia Chippendale carved and figured mahogany dressing table, estimated at $100,000-$150,000. Additionally, an extraordinary early walnut bombe burl musical tall case clock by Jan Christian Sauer (Amsterdam, circa 1765) with an astrological dial playing 12 tunes is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

Asian Art: Selected from Lifetime Collections, March 27

On Monday, March 27, Asian Art: Selected from Lifetime Collections will present several important collections, including that of Milton Drexel (Rex) Rutherford. After a customer of his business gave Rutherford a piece of Asian art, he dedicated his life to collecting, honing in on important examples of Japanese metalwork and lacquer as well as exceptional Kangxi ceramics. Highlights include a cloisonne gilt-bronze table screen electrified as a lamp, estimated at $30,000-$50,000; a yellow peking glass bottle vase, estimated at $25,000-$35,000; and a blue and white elephant-form Kendi, estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

Blue and white elephant-form Kendi, estimated at $4,000-$6,000. Image courtesy of Bonhams Skinner


Blue and white elephant-form Kendi, estimated at $4,000-$6,000. Image courtesy of Bonhams Skinner

Other collections featured in the sale include pieces belonging to an immigrant who focused on selecting rare ancient Chinese metalworks, Yixing wares from a collector who was inspired by and dedicated his life to the beauty of the clay teapot, unusual finds from a lifetime dealer of Japanese paintings and prints, and Chinese ceramics from a refined personal collection.

Cloisonne gilt-bronze table screen electrified as a lamp, estimated at $30,000-$50,000. Image courtesy of Bonhams Skinner

Cloisonne gilt-bronze table screen electrified as a lamp, estimated at $30,000-$50,000. Image courtesy of Bonhams Skinner

In addition to the live sale, the Asian Art department will present Asian Works of Art online from March 17-28, featuring collections that demonstrate a variety of tastes in decorative art.

 

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