RICHMOND HILL, Ontario – 888 Auctions will offer an eclectic selection of modern paintings, jadeite bangles and Asian art on Oct. 12. The 400-lot auction of fresh-to-market items will also include jade carved items, jewelry, porcelain ceramics and bronze statues. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Headlining the modern paintings category are several standout pieces. One piece stands above the rest, however: Lot 91, a Zinaida Serebriakova (1884-1967) Russian oil board (above) featuring a still life painting of fruits, flowers and vases. Measuring at 31 inches by 24 inches, this Serebriakova work is expected to exceed its high estimate of $12,000. Collectors will also note the inclusion of Lot 94, a framed Walter LeBlanc (1932-1986) oil on board painting. Signed by the Belgian artist and measuring 10 inches by 10 inches, this lot commands a high estimate of $8,000.
Other notable modern paintings of interest to the discerning collector can be found at the following lots:
Lot 82: Josef Sepp Hofmann (Austrian, 1870-1956) gouache (high estimate: $2,000);
Lot 84: Joaquin Torres-Garcia (Uruguayan, 1874-1949) watercolor on paper (high estimate: $1,500);
Lot 85: Nicolaï Souietine (Russian, 1897-1954) mixed media (high estimate: $3,000);
Lot 87: Beryl Cook (British, 1926-2008) oil stretched canvas (high estimate: $5,000);
Lot 88: Peder Mork Monsted (Danish, 1859-1941) oil on canvas (high estimate: $5,000).
Quality jade carved works of art continues to be in strong demand at 888 Auctions and buyers will find several pieces of interest. Lot 155, a Chinese carved dragon head, is an excellent example of a finely carved Hetian white jade featuring a carved dragon head that is decorated with auspicious designs in relief. It carries a $12,000 high estimate.
Two lots over any other have been garnering interest from collectors and dealers. The first, Lot 178, an imperial Burma green jadeite bangle (below) commands a high estimate of $24,000. It features a GIA gemologist certificate and is of exceptional emerald green tone. The second, Lot 192 is an 18K white gold jadeite and diamond pendant. The eggplant-carved jadeite pendant is set with diamonds and is expected to surpass its high estimate of $20,000.
From the numismatics category, the star lot is a large Chinese 100 yuan .999 fine silver coin. The obverse side shows the Great Wall of China, and the reverse side shows a pair of dragons in antithetical position chasing a flaming pearl. The coin contains 12 ounces of pure silver and hails from a mintage of 3,000 pieces. The coin is expected to garner significant competition and exceed its high estimate of $6,000.
Bidders will find rare and quality ceramics from 888 Auctions. Lot 292 fits the bill; the rare Chinese porcelain dragon jar features a globular body with cover and is painted with mythical beasts flying across cresting waves. The porcelain jar commands a high estimate of $20,000.