CHICAGO – On September 23 to 25, Hindman Auctions will present three days of Asian Art sales offering more than 900 lots ranging from early Asian lacquer and pottery wares to late 19th through early 20th century precious stone carvings and paintings. The series will launch with Asian Works of Art on September 23, followed by Japanese Works of Art on September 24 and will conclude with an online sale on September 25. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Asian Works of Art | September 23
The September 23 Asian Works of Art auction will present more than 350 lots of fine Chinese works of art and Chinese paintings with a selection of important Japanese and Himalayan art. Prominent collections include property from the collection of Al and Hazel Sullivan of Prospect, Kentucky; the collection of James and Ana Melikian of Phoenix, Arizona; and the estate of Donna Wasserstrom of Cleveland, Ohio. Other important collections include the collection of Leung Kum Wah of Ontario, Canada, and property from Palm Springs Art Museum, California, which will be sold to support the care of collections and acquisition funds.
Highlighting the September 23 Asian Works of Art auction will be Mahaprajnaparamita Sutra (The Great Wisdom Sutra), Daihannyaharamitta-kyo, Volume 334, which is an extremely rare handwritten manuscript copy of scriptures translated and delivered by Xuanzang, written in Japan during the Nara period; it carries an estimate of $100,000-$150,000. Other notable items include a rare set of inscribed silver panels from the Tang dynasty, inscribed with an excerpt from the Guliang commentary to Chunqiu Zhuan, and estimated at $80,000-$120,000. A Canton enamel-on-copper Quails spittoon and a pair of finely carved celadon jade cylindrical parfumiers, each lot individually estimated at $30,000-$50,000, are also outstanding.
The sale will also feature striking sculptures such as a Khmer sandstone figure of Ganesha, which measures just above a foot in height, estimated at $60,000-$80,000; and a Sino-Tibetan parcel-gilt bronze figure of Manjushri, estimated at $25,000-$35,000. Other exceptional pottery figures include a Sancai glazed pottery figure of a standing horse, estimated at $20,000-$25,000; a painted pottery figure of a camel, estimated at $10,000-$20,000; and a pair of Sancai glazed pottery figures of Lokapalas, estimated at $15,000-$20,000.
Other noteworthy lots that will be offered are an 18th-century white marble ‘Buddhist’ seal, estimated at $6,000-$8,000; a Qianlong period blue and a white porcelain ‘birthday’ bowl, estimated at $5,000-$7,000; and a fine green jadeite covered incense burner, estimated at $10,000-$20,000.
Japanese Works of Art | September 24
The Japanese Works of Art sale is comprised of more than 150 lots of fine antiques. Prominent collections featured in the sale include property from the estate of Professor Ethan D. Alyea, Jr., of Bloomington, Indiana and property from the estate of William Sargent of Duluth, Minnesota.
An impressive group of samurai swords will be offered in this auction as well. The most notable piece from this group is a katana by Norishige (Gakumei) of Kyoto, estimated at $10,000-$15,000.
Eye-catching vases will also be among the highlights. These include a fine blue ground cloisonne ‘chrysanthemum’ vase by Namikawa Yasuyuki of Kyoto, estimated at $6,000-$8,000; a fine Satsuma vase by Yabu Meizan, estimated at $4,000-$6,000; and a pair of midnight-blue-ground cloisonne vases, estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
Additional exceptional objects include a patinated-bronze okimono of a cockerel, measuring approximately a foot and a half and estimated at $8,000-$10,000. Another spectacular lot is a fine mixed-metal incense burner and cover from the Meiji period, which is made up of a rectangular section and raised on four elephant-head feet, with its main body decorated with rectangular panels. It is estimated at $5,000-$6,000. The sale will also offer a selection of stunning Japanese woodblock prints by various private collections.
Asian Works of Art Online | September 25
Hindman will also present an online-only Asian Works of Art sale which will feature a range of impressive ceramics, sculpture and furniture. Highlights include a set of Chinese huali dining table and chairs, estimated at $6,000-$8,000; Landscape, a hanging scroll attributed to Cao Zhibai, estimated at $4,000-$6,000; and a pair of Chinese blue and white porcelain double-walled reticulated bowls, estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
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