GLEN COVE, N.Y. – Roland Auctions NY will present the Asian art collection of Congressman Lester L. Wolff in an online-only auction on August 7, with unique Asian art and outdoor bronzes taking the spotlight. The sale will commence at 10 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Renowned American statesman, diplomat, civil rights proponent, businessman, and philanthropist Lester L. Wolff served as a vocal member of the United States House of Representatives from Long Island from 1965 until 1981. He distinguished himself as an expert in Asian affairs, eventually meeting with the Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping and authoring The Taiwan Relations Act. After leaving Congress, Wolff remained committed to Asian relations, serving as president of the International Trade and Development Agency and acting as Director of the Pacific Community Institute at Touro College.
At his home in East Norwich, New York, Wolff displayed an array of Asian fine and decorative arts including painted scrolls, floor screens, a pair of carved doors, furniture, devotional sculptures, ceremonial objects, and more. Some highlights of his Asian collection that appear in this auction include a pair of large vintage Chinese cloisonne enamel horses, each with bright enamels, estimated at $3,000-$5,000, and a Chinese blue and white porcelain dragon charger, decorated on both sides, estimated at $1,000-$1,500.
Also of note is a pair of large Rose Medallion covered ginger jar vases, decorated with scenes of birds and warriors, with lion mounted tops, estimated at $2,000-$3,000, and and a pair of large antique Kutani Chinese vases with dragon mounts, estimated at $800-$1,200.
The Wolff collection also features an impressive selection of large outdoor bronze statues, led by a pair of bronze foo dogs, with the female portrayed holding a baby and the male resting on a ball. They carry an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.
Other highlights from this section include a large Chinese antique bronze outdoor fountain in the shape of a Quanyin figure, with dragon supports on paw feet with faces, estimated at $3,000-$5,000; a bronze garden fountain, signed S Keliam, and featuring a classical putti boy with three mythological dolphin figures, estimated at $2,500-$3,500; an Asian bronze warrior on horseback, on a wood base, estimated at $2,500-$3,500; and an antique Southeast Asian bronze Buddhist bust on a cement base, estimated at $1,000-$2,000.
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