Chinese, Japanese art at forefront of Clarke auction May 5

Chinese, Japanese art

This Shiy De-Jinn river landscape, a 1969 watercolor on paper ($15,000-$25,000) depicts the rolling mountains and misty waterways of Taiwan, 18¾in. x 24¾in. Clarke Auction Gallery image

LARCHMONT, N.Y. – Chinese and Japanese paintings will be showcased in Clarke Auction Gallery’s sale on Sunday, May 5. American fine art, sterling silver, jewelry and mid-century modern will also be featured. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

The fine art selection will range from abstract works and landscapes to genre scenes, while sterling tureens and flatware will vie for attention along with mid-century cabinets and chests, emerald, gold and diamond jewelry and two Val Bertoia sonambient sculptures.

“This spring sale will prominently feature an especially robust group of Asian artworks, led by a Scarsdale family’s collection of Asian paintings by renowned artists such as Shiy De-Jinn, Shinoda Toko and Hu Chi-chung,” said owner and auctioneer Ronan Clarke. “The auction will also feature all our traditional collecting categories that buyers have come to expect.”

Asian art will be a major focus of the auction. Expected to lead the sale are two watercolors on paper done in 1969 by Shiy De-Jinn (Xi Dejin, China, 1923-1981), each estimated at $15,000-$25,000. One is a river landscape (above) depicting the rolling mountains of Taiwan and misty waterways splashed in blues and greens. The other shows a vibrant street scene of a market and crowds outside a temple and bright storefronts (below). Both works measure 18¾ by 24¾ inches.

Chinese, Japanese art

Shiy De-Jinn temple scene, a 1969 watercolor ($15,000-$25,000), is also noted for its bold use of color in depicting a busy street scene, 18¾in. x 24¾in. Clarke Auction Gallery image

“A student of famed Chinese painter Lin Fengmian and one of the first participants in the U.S. State Department’s arts exchange program in 1962, Shiy De-Jinn was one of Taiwan’s most prolific painters,” said Senko Imamura, Clarke’s Asian art and antiquities specialist. “Under Lin, he focused mainly on line, moving on to emphasize color and texture upon his return to Taiwan in 1968. He began to paint scenes of Taiwanese daily life – important temples, street markets and fishing villages. He also toured the countryside, painting enchanting misty landscapes where the mountains meet the water.”

Both of the paintings in this auction feature a bold use of color, one in bright red and yellow that brings the busy market to life against a cloudless blue sky, the other using cool colors to paint out large swathes of marshland and mountains, leaving the negative space to speak for itself as the calm water lapping at the shore, Imamura said.

Two Japanese artists will be featured in the auction as well, including a pair of abstract paintings by 106-year-old Shinoda Toko, who primarily worked with Japanese Sumi ink and lithography. A 1983 interview in Time magazine stated: “her trail-blazing accomplishments are analogous to Picasso’s.” On offer are Toko’s Nexus and After the Rain ($8,000-$12,000), typical of Toko’s works from the 1960s.

Five paintings by Hu Chi-Chung consigned by one family to the sale will also cross the block “Hu Chi-Chung was another Taiwanese artist collected by the family. They had several portraits, including a family portrait commissioned directly from the artist, which is not offered in this sale,” Imamura said. “The collection of paintings by this artist speak to the family’s close relationship with Taiwan’s avant-garde artists.”

The auction also features American fine art, highlighted by two circa 1936 etching and aquatint prints by Samuel Margolies (1897-1974): Man’s Canyons, circa 1936 (below; $6,000-$9,000) and Storm Over City Hall ($1,000-$1,500) as well as a William Herbert Dunton (1878-1936) oil on canvas depicting a Western chase scene ($4,000-$6,000) and a Charles Wynne Nicholls (Irish, 1831-1903) oil on canvas, Tired, ($3,000-$5,000).

Chinese, Japanese art

Among American artists represented is this Samuel Margolies (American, 1897-1974) etching and aquatint, ‘Man’s Canyons,’ circa 1936 ($6,000-$9,000). Clarke Auction Gallery image

Clarke auctions always have a robust selection of jewelry and silver with offerings this month prominently featuring many GIA certified stones from jade and amber to ruby and multiple emeralds.

“A bauble of particularly high interest is a 28.07-carat GIA certified Colombian emerald cabochon ring with diamond accents,” said jewelry and sterling silver specialist Whitney Bria. “There are also multiple estate collections with statement pieces including examples by Van Cleef and Arpel, Hammerman Brothers, Piaget, Jack Schneider and Rolex.”

Chinese, Japanese art

A GIA-certified Colombian 28.07-carat emerald cabochon and platinum cocktail ring with diamonds ($5,000-$7,000) will highlight jewelry offerings. Clarke Auction Gallery image

In the silver department will be many American and Mexican silver items, including a large Mexican sterling Tane Orfebres covered tureen with repousse work throughout, having ball-and-claw feet, and an applied fruit and foliate form finial, 19 by 12 by 10 inches.

“Most unusual is lot 325, a piece of Persian silver Judaica in the form of a pedestal bowl,” Bria added.

Rounding out the auction are a mid-century Paul Frankl station wagon tall chest made for the Johnson Furniture Co., measuring 42½ by 21½ by 45½ inches ($2,500-$3,500) and a large antique gilt bronze figural clock in a good size with gilt and silver finish ($1,500-$2,500). Two sonambient sculptures ($2,000-$3,000) by Val Bertoia (b. 1949) will be featured: Plus Sign of Sounds with five heavy brass tops silvered to beryllium-copper rods silvered to brass plate, 47½ by 11 by 11 inches and Cat – Tails on Wood Sound Good, comprising 20 copper cattails silvered to beryllium-copper rods silvered to brass, 37 by 22 by 11 inches.

For details contact Clarke Auction Gallery at 914-833-8336.