Donegan collection of Asian antiques goes up for bid Nov. 19

Asian antiques

Kiyoshi Saito (1907-1997), Japanese woodblock of girl and black cat. Artwork: 6 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches. Frame: 12 x 14 1/2 inches. Estimate: $600-$800. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

SO. SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.– Turner Auctions + Appraisals will sell the Patsy Lee Donegan Collection of Asian Antiques on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m. Pacific time, 1:30 p.m. Eastern. Ms. Donegan has recently decided to retire after collecting Asian antiques for over 60 years and running her eponymous antique business for over 30 years. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Offering 120 lots, the online auction features a range of eclectic items, including paintings, framed textiles, Japanese woodblock prints, rugs, small furniture and an assortment of decorative items.

Patsy Lee Donegan was born and raised in San Francisco, a city that has been home since the mid-1800s to a large, growing and thriving Asian population. For as long as she can remember, Donegan has been fascinated by Asian arts – captivated by the ancient and foreign civilizations, and their artistic expressions that are both beautiful and functional. She studied Asian art at the UC, Berkeley, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

Asian antiques

Chinese snuff bottle, 19th-century porcelain snuff bottle with cricket design. Size: 3 inches high (approximate). Estimate: $400-600. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

After school, she worked for an advertising art firm, then joined the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, where she spent the next 28 years. For 15 of those years, Donegan worked in multiple Asian countries, including Korea, Hong Kong, Burma, China, Japan and Taiwan.

Asian antiques

Lee Win Han, 1979, painting. Artwork: 23 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches. Frame: 24 x 16 inches. Estimate: $600-800. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

Not surprisingly, it was during these international assignments and living in Asia that her collection grew exponentially. Travels throughout Asia, including visits to Nepal, Tibet, India, Bhutan and Indonesia, provided new acquisitions. Ms. Donegan collected things of special interest related to Asian culture and art. Folk art was a particular passion – traditional items or ones used in daily life. Often she collected from young artists who were undiscovered.

Asian antiques

Chinese painted fan, approximately 21 inches long. Estimate: $700-900. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

After leaving the Foreign Service and returning to San Francisco, Donegan opened an Asian antique business, Patsy Lee Donegan Antiques, which she has run for more than 30 years. She has been a presence in San Francisco’s Asian arts community since then, participating in frequent exhibits including at the Pacific Heritage Museum and Chinese Cultural Center and antique shows such as Arts of Pacific Asia, San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts and the Hillsborough Antique Show. She also served for five years on the board of directors of the Society for Asian Art of the Asian Art Museum.

Asian antiques

Arie Smit (1916-2016), painting of a temple in Bali by Arie Smit, a Dutchman who lived in Bali. Purchased at Pandy Gallery, Sanur, Bali, 1963. Artwork: 7 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches. Frame: 12 3/4 x 16 3/4 inches. Estimate: $2,000-3,000. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

While lots from her personal collection and antique shop are offered in the Nov. 19 sale, other pieces such as Chinese wedding beds, chests and other large furniture items are deemed too large to be offered online because of potential shipping costs. For larger furniture items that are available, contact Steve Turner at Turner Auctions + Appraisals toll-free at 888-498-4450 or