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Chinese treasures just the start of Kaminski’s April 27-28 sale

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Chinese blue and white porcelain vase decorated with nine Imperial dragons, 21in. x 16in. Estimate $100,000-$150,000. Kaminski Auctions image

BEVERLY, Mass. – The April 27-28 sale at Kaminski Auctions kicks off with over 300 lots of Chinese treasures: porcelains, bronzes and an important third or fourth century Gandhara Buddha on Saturday morning, followed by a selection of furniture and furnishings from Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and other estates. Sunday will feature the estate of Christine Vining Smith, a longtime North Shore, Massachusetts, resident and respected dealer. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Kaminski’s Asian specialist, Bob Yang has put together an excellent selection of fine Chinese porcelains for this sale from several prominent Chinese collectors.

A Chinese blue and white porcelain vase (above) purchased in 1980 from the French dealer Asiantiques in Winter Park, Florida, is the highlight of the sale. It is decorated with nine Imperial dragons having five claws, in nine different positions. It is exactly like the stone carving on the slope outside the Forbidden City in Peking, China. It stands 21 inches high and is 16 inches in diameter with the Qianlong seal, and hails from a Fairfield, Connecticut, collection.

Of particular interest is a bottle-shaped vase with a globular body rising to a cylindrical neck (below). This unique vase was acquired in Geneva in 1986 and is from the estate of Robert Ledford, of Charlotte, North Carolina. This piece was masterfully painted with an asymmetric design of two peach branches growing halfway around the vase, and the neck. One gnarled branch is colored with brown bark and pink blossoms, the other with dark gray bark with white flowers edged in pink. Nine peaches are depicted in different stages of ripeness and range in color from light yellowish green to a rose-pink. Inscribed with a six-character reign mark of Qianlong, and measuring 21 inches high, it is estimated to bring between $8,000 and $12,000.

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Chinese porcelain vase painted with nine peaches on two branches, inscribed with a six-character reign mark of Qianlong, 21¼in. high. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Kaminski Auctions image

An important Gandhara stone Buddha (below) from the 3rd or 4th century discovered in a Fort Lauderdale estate is another highlight of the Asian sale. Measuring 25 inches high by 17 inches wide, it is estimated to bring $40,000-$70,000. There is also a Sui Dynasty carved stone Buddha, measuring 30 inches tall from the same estate.

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Gandhara Buddha, third or fourth century, 25in. high x 17in. wide x 6in. deep. Estimate $40,000-$70,000. Kaminski Auctions image

Japanese entries include a decorative pair of 19th century life-size bronze heron sculptures signed on the necks, standing 79 inches high. Following the 300 Asian lot session on Saturday morning, high-end furniture and furnishings from several Florida estates are featured.

Sunday opens with the estate of Christine Vining Smith. After pursuing a career in the fine arts, she started her own antique business and exhibited at some of the most prominent antique shows in the country. Smith founded and ran the Peabody Essex Museum Antique Show for 37 years.

Art in the auction includes many excellent works by noteworthy European and American painters. Of particular interest are two surrealist paintings by Gertrude Abercrombie (1909-1977) and a signed folk art painting of tempera on cardboard, by Outsider artist Bill Traylor (below).

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Bill Traylor (American, 1854-1947), tempera on cardboard, signed lower right, unframed, 18in. x 15 5/8in. Estimate $30,000-$50,000. Kaminski Auctions image

American art continues with two forest scenes from Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (1819-1905) from a private Scottsdale, Arizona, collection; a snowy cliff landscape by William Stanley Haseltine; and a mountain landscape by Albert Biershadt (1889-1975). Marine scenes by Colin Campbell Cooper (1856-1937), Anthony Thieme (1888-1954), Louis Comfort Tiffany and William Wendt; nudes by Alexander Brunet and George Benjamin Luks; and two seascapes by Thomas Moran (1837-1926) round out the American art on offer.

Jewelry highlights include a men’s Patek Philippe Geneve wristwatch marked 18K and 5052, a yellow gold ring with one round natural fancy yellow diamond of 3.39 carats (below), a Lady Diana-style golden gem quality Ceylon sapphire of 5.69 carats with 14 round brilliant cut diamonds and a triple strand South Sea pearl necklace with a 14K yellow gold clasp.

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Yellow gold diamond ring with a single round natural fancy yellow diamond, 3.39 carats, ring size 7. Estimate $30,000-$50,000. Kaminski Auctions image

Collectors of 18th and 19th century antique sewing collectibles will not want to miss the collection of Ethel Shulam of Danvers, Massachusetts. A highly regarded quiltmaker, Shulam amassed an impressive array of exquisite sewing items. Her collection includes boxes of carved bone, Anglo-Indian carvings, Chinese lacquer, and American Shaker boxes, as well as a circa 1875 Tunbridge ware rosewood box. Also offered are late 19th/early 20th century carved bone sewing items several with scrimshawed names. rare needle cases, Georgian clamps, rare lucets, Welsh sheathes, Scottish Mauchline ware, pincushions, thimbles and thimble cases, tape measures, darning eggs, thread and spool holders and sterling implements.

The auction also offers a large collection of vintage dolls to include French bisque head fashion dolls, German Armand Marseilles, Simon & Helbig, and Grace Storey Putnam dolls, as well as two dollhouses by Albert Eaton and an extensive collection of handmade dollhouse furniture. A Steiff carousel, Steiff animals, an old paddlewheel toy boat and two vintage fire trucks are just some of the toy collectibles on offer in this spring sale.

The auction will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern time both days.

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