Linwoods to hold fine antiquities, decorative arts sale June 21-22

Lustrous white jade brush washer with Qianlong seal mark on a zitan stand, 10 inches diameter. Estimate: $30,000-$45,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

Lustrous white jade brush washer with Qianlong seal mark on a zitan stand, 10 inches diameter. Estimate: $30,000-$45,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

ALHAMBRA, Calif. – In celebration of a highly successful inaugural year, the proprietors of Linwoods Auctions of Southern California will present a veritable treasure trove of antiques, unique jewelry, distinctive period furniture and fine art masterpieces at a two-day auction event on Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAucitoneers.com.

Linwoods Auction House brings together the positive collaboration of consummate art appraiser and connoisseur Thomas Lin with the multigenerational Woods auction house of Florida. The auction house offers a variety of Chinese arts and antiquities, precious stones, fine jewelry and rare furnishings at the two-day event. Items include a porcelain works, jade and soapstone carvings, precious gemstones, scroll paintings, sculptures and museum-worthy furniture pieces.

“We are pleased to offer an array of lots that are unique and memorable,” said curator Lisal Ong. “We feel privileged to be making a number of lots available from the collections of a few discerning lifetime collectors. Whether you are a seasoned art collector or a first time bidder, we have a variety of items of interest at your price point.”

Memorable lots from the June 21-22 auction include a magnificent collection of silken embroidered courtiers’ robes from the imperial court of the Qing dynasty. Another notable offering is a number of Huanghuali furniture pieces of the highest quality and craftsmanship. A discerning lifetime collector is also parting with scroll paintings, porcelain works and select pieces acquired from the auction houses of Sotheby’s, Bonham’s and Christie’s.

The auction opens on Saturday, June 21, featuring a vast array of snuff bottles, intricately crafted in jade, white jade, agate, and cloisonné and featuring semiprecious stone detailing. One lot of particular interest is 5008, a unique black and white Heitian jade snuff bottle with intricately carved figurine overlays. Another noteworthy item is Lot 5027, a spinach and white jade snuff bottle meticulously carved into the shape of an aubergine, or eggplant, with delicate rust-colored suffusions.

Also noteworthy in the Saturday auction is a dazzling array of ancient wooden brush pots, finely crafted wooden chests, and sculpted works in agar, huanghuali, zitan and boxwood among others. Lots of note include 5044, an imperial huanghuali brush pot circa late 18th century-early 19th century with subtly etched bamboo detailing. Another magnificent collector’s piece is Lot 5052, an elegant and rare zitan brush pot with a gleaming texture.

For the truly discerning collector, Lot 5144 is a cornerstone of the auction’s offerings. It consists of five framed Kesi-woven rare Tibet-Thangka embroidered panels, circa late 18th-early 19th century. Each meticulously crafted panel features a deity in repose on a lotus plinth with four smaller deities atop and three below. This is a magnificent museum-worthy compilation piece. Other notable embroidery lots include the impressive collection of silk courtiers’ robes from the Imperial Qing dynasty (Lots 5151-5157) amassed by a lifetime collector in San Francisco. Lot 5153, a navy silk robe featuring mythical dragons chasing flaming pearls among stylized clouds epitomizes the beauty and regal grandeur of this collection.

Another significant item of the day’s offerings is Lot 5188, a lustrous white jade brush washer bowl painstakingly carved from one single white Jade stone and features elderly scholars amid a lush Chinese landscape. The bowl bears the stamp seal from the Qianlong period and has remarkable transparency. It is displayed on a carved zitan wood stand.

Lots 5357-5393 consist of a wide offering of Chinese art, again compiled by a singular lifetime collector with a passion for Chinese art and an eye for fine detail. Notable among these works is Lot 5351, a Chinese art album featuring 11 pages of artwork and calligraphy signed by the artist, Xiao Shuang.

Distinctive furniture lots (5394- 5412) include a number of museum-worthy pieces amassed by a Manhattan lifetime collector who prized huanghuali and zitan wood above all other Western woods for their remarkable strength, durability and gleaming finish. A significant collection piece is Lot 5412, a pair of huanghuali horseshoe-backed chairs, magnificently crafted with intricate detailing.

While the Saturday auction will comprise art collectibles, furnishings and fine art pieces, Sunday’s auction will be reserved for fine jewelry pieces in a variety of forms, from amber prayer beads, to rare Tibetan Dzi beads to unique jade and jadeite pieces. Noteworthy jewelry lots include Lot 5235, a luminous green jadeite pendant with cabochon-style petals surrounded in gold with clusters of nearly perfect diamonds, with GIA certificate. Also exquisite in its elegant simplicity is Lot 5240, a translucent violet jade ring in a cabochon cut with a four-pronged setting and heart-shaped diamond encrusted base – GIA certificate is included.

The proprietors of Linwoods have married their mutually held passion for fine art and collectibles with decades of expert sales and acquisitions for their growing network of international clients. With a promising first year in Southern California, they have plans for quarterly in-house auctions.

The Saturday, June 21, auction event will begin at 2 p.m. Pacific Time. The Sunday, June 22, auction event will begin at 3 p.m. Pacific.

For additional information call Lisal Ong at 626-457-8818.

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.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Lustrous white jade brush washer with Qianlong seal mark on a zitan stand, 10 inches diameter. Estimate: $30,000-$45,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

Lustrous white jade brush washer with Qianlong seal mark on a zitan stand, 10 inches diameter. Estimate: $30,000-$45,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

Group of five colorful Kesi woven-silk Tibetan thangka (framed), 18th/19th century, 61 1/4 inches tall. Estimate: $30,000-$45,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

Group of five colorful Kesi woven-silk Tibetan thangka (framed), 18th/19th century, 61 1/4 inches tall. Estimate: $30,000-$45,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

Nineteenth century Chinese embroidered silk robe with three writhing dragons and flaming pearls amid clouds, all above splashing waves, 82 inches long. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

Nineteenth century Chinese embroidered silk robe with three writhing dragons and flaming pearls amid clouds, all above splashing waves, 82 inches long. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

Green jadeite pendant with GIA certificate. Estimate: $14,000-$21,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

Green jadeite pendant with GIA certificate. Estimate: $14,000-$21,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

An elaborately carved Guanyin jadeite statue, 21 inches tall. Estimate: $30,000-$45,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

An elaborately carved Guanyin jadeite statue, 21 inches tall. Estimate: $30,000-$45,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

Eighteenth century Famille Rose enameled porcelain vase, 9 1/2 inches tall. Estimate: $5,000-$7,500. Linwoods Auctions image.

Eighteenth century Famille Rose enameled porcelain vase, 9 1/2 inches tall. Estimate: $5,000-$7,500. Linwoods Auctions image.

Chinese framed painting, Zhou Shaogu, 19th/20th century, 12 3/4 inches long. Estimate: $5,000-$7,500. Linwoods Auctions image.

Chinese framed painting, Zhou Shaogu, 19th/20th century, 12 3/4 inches long. Estimate: $5,000-$7,500. Linwoods Auctions image.

A pair of huanghuali chairs with delicate escutcheon splat back and exquisitely shaped arms, the seat supported by embellished front. Estimate: $16,000-$24,000. Linwoods Auctions image.

A pair of huanghuali chairs with delicate escutcheon splat back and exquisitely shaped arms, the seat supported by embellished front. Estimate: $16,000-$24,000. Linwoods Auctions image.