DALLAS — Mid-September is Asia Week New York, the fall version of the Big Apple’s semi-annual commercial and scholarly focus on works of art from the Far East.
Among the participating firms is Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, which on Wednesday, September 20 offers Fine & Decorative Asian Art from a handful of American private collections, including those of Amon Giles Carter Jr., Morton and Myriame Leviloff, Angela Gross Folk and the Tappan family. Highlight lots will be on view at the auction house’s Park Avenue, New York location prior to the sale, which will be conducted in Dallas.
George Ann Brown Carter, wife of Fort Worth media scion Amon Giles Carter Jr., often worked with famed Asian art dealer C.T. Loo and his successor Frank Caro to build the family collection. In 1960 Carter bought a pair of 18th-century Chinese cloisonne lions with riders from Caro. Sixty-three years later, they have an estimate of $6,000-$8,000.
Many of the snuff bottles in the sale come from the Tappan family of California. Snuff, a luxury import from the West, took the Qing dynasty elite by storm in the 18th century. They found that airtight bottles carried in pockets and sleeves were suited to China’s humid climate and, when customized to reflect the owner’s tastes, made perfect courtly gifts. Yellow tended to indicate imperial work, with a late 19th-century glass bottle carved as an elephant estimated at $1,000-$2,000.
Jade and jadeite was a favorite of New York dealer Gerald Malina (his high-relief, in-the-round boulder carving of the Daoist immortal Liu Hai in a rocky cavern is estimated at $30,000-$50,000) while from the private collection of Morton and Myriame Leviloff come a series of Qing monochromes, including a clair-de-lune garlic-mouth vase with a Qianlong (1735-96) character mark and possibly of the period, estimated at $5,000-$8,000.
During the course of four decades, medical stenographer Angela Gross Folk and her husband amassed a similarly impressive collection of Chinese porcelain. The Heritage auction offers more than 30 pieces from the Folk estate, including a pair of early 19th-century export rose medallion tureens, covers and liners painted with beauties and boys in blooming courtyard settings, estimated at $1,200-$1,600. The two crests are for the family of Clerke, and the motto suggests these were made to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Battle of Spurs in 1513, in which Sir John Clerke had played a key role.