Paintings, jade top Kaminski Asian art lineup Jan. 26
BEVERLY, Mass. – On Jan. 26, Kaminski Auctions will offer an array of beautiful Asian antiques and works of art. Including everything from fine bronze, ivory, and jade, to 20th century oil paintings, the 460-lot auction will surely have items of interest for all Asian collectors. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.
Among the top lots of the auction are two jade pieces. The first is a Chinese jade brush washer, estimated to sell for between $1,000 and $1,500. A lotus flower forms the main body of the sculpted jade piece, which is further decorated with a pair of bats and a pair of peaches. The 1 1/2-inches by 5 3/4-inches piece rests on a wooden stand carved in the shape of roots. The second jade piece is similarly well sculpted. This white jade has been carefully crafted into the form of a crouching foo lion holding a coin.
In addition to the jade pieces, the auction will also offer a fine collection of 20 ivory and polychrome birds. The birds are Japanese in origin and most bear the signature of their maker. These impressive birds are estimated at $1,200 to $1,800.
A fine bronze Japanese urn of the Meiji period will also be offered for sale estimated at $2,500 to $3,000. The urn is signed on the base of the vessel. The body of the urn features a pair of dragons and a woman playing a musical instrument. Inlaid gold highlights the eyes of both dragons, as well as the surrounding flower petals. On the reverse is a phoenix amid a landscape, topped by an eagle-form cover that completes the urn.
The auction will also present another remarkable signed famille rose vase. Beautifully painted, the vessel is in the characteristic warm color palette, depicting figures in a landscape. This distinctive signed piece is estimated to sell for $2,000- $3,000. There is also a pair of 19th century Chinese famille verte vases, also estimated at $2,000-$3,000. The square baluster-form is decorated with a pair of ribbon-tailed birds and a pair of cranes, while the rest is similarly decorated with birds, flowers and insects, from a New York collector. Also beautifully decorated is a cloisonné Chinese clock from the early 20th century. This intricately enameled metal clock is estimated at $800-$1,200.
Paintings will hold an important place in the sale as well. A 20th century Chinese painting by Gao Yan, oil canvas, portrays a young woman swathed in a white dress. Perhaps the most striking aspect of the work is the inspired knife work with which Gao Yan subtly mottled the ambiguous background. This skillfully rendered painting is titled The White Dew. A Brian Coole work titled Ships in the Hong Kong Harbor, looking toward Macao” is another noteworthy oil painting in the auction. The British painter’s work is estimated to fetch between $4,000 and $6,000.
These featured items will be joined by many other noteworthy pieces, including more famille rose works, fine chests, and ivory in Kaminski Auctions’ Asian Art and Antiques auction on Saturday, Jan. 26, starting at 10 a.m. EST.
Bid online through LiveAuctioneers.com. For more information call 978-927-2223.
View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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