MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – Skinner Auctioneers will host a live Asian Works of Art sale at its Marlborough galleries on Wednesday, March 23 starting at 10 am Eastern time. Coinciding with Asia Week in New York, the auction will offer jade pieces, Song period ceramics, a broad range of famille rose, paintings and Buddhist sculptures. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Skinner will also host an in-person preview during Asia Week of Jim Dixon’s famed antique carpet collection. Highlighting a selection of notable pieces, the preview will serve as a kickoff event for Skinner’s series of spring auctions dedicated to Dixon’s collection. Comprising hundreds of items, Dixon’s extraordinary collection is considered one of the most important in America.
Among the highlights at the March 23 sale are Chinese ceramics, including a purple-splashed Jun bowl, possibly dating from the Northern Song dynasty, estimated at $200,000-$300,000. Suhyung Kim, Asian art director at Skinner, describes it as “a centuries-old marvel containing a modern abstract painting.”
A pair of iron red dragon bowls, estimated at $3,000-$5,000, boasts a technical finesse that proves the Qianlong emperor to be the most demanding patron of Chinese ceramics.
Also included in the sale are Buddhist sculptures from the collection of artist Karl Stirner that span the breadth of Asia. Highlights include an early Indian example of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha calling the earth to witness, with exquisitely carved details on the lotus throne. Its estimate is $3,000-$5,000.
Another highlight is a Korean Buddhist wood figure of dongja from a renowned Korean art patron, estimated at $12,000-$20,000. Also featured in the sale lineup is a selection of paintings by established names, such as a matted leaf depicting a ruyi scepter in colorful brushes attributed to Pu Ru (Chinese, 1896-1963). Its estimate is $8,000-$12,000.
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