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Turner Auctions to sell all-star lineup of Asian art Feb. 24

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Li Keran (1907-1989), ‘Buffalo and Two Boys under Vines,’ 1982, ink and color on paper, hanging scroll, 25¼ inches x 17¼ inches. Estimate $50,000-$70,000. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will offer fine Asian works of Art on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 10:30 a.m. Pacific time/1:30 p.m. Eastern. The sale features over 145 lots of art, sculpture, porcelain, jade and more. Most are from China and Japan, although Korea, Tibet, Thailand, India and Indonesia are represented as well. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Highlights include important paintings by Li Keran, Qiu Ying, Yang Mingyi and Chiura Obata; an 18th-/19th-century painting of cranes; Han dynasty horses; and an 11th-century Korean bowl. The sale also offers Ming porcelain pieces; celadon items; jade carvings including buckles, bracelets, seals and a fishbowl; blanc de chine figures; agate pendants; snuff bottles; cloisonné; cinnabar vases and boxes; Peking glass bowls; bronze Buddhas; stone carvings and bookends; gilt panels; a Khmer head; an Indian painting on silk; and other decorative items. From Japan are woodblock prints, textiles such as kimonos, silk panels and fabrics; small carvings of gods; Satsuma and Imari items; bronze vases and censers; tsuba; art pottery; geisha dolls; and small furniture pieces.

The anticipated top lot of the sale is a hanging scroll by Li Keran (1907-1989) depicting a buffalo and two boys (above), which has a has a $50,000-$70,000 estimate.

The auction will open with a Chinese Han Dynasty terra-cotta horse. 14 inches high by x 19 inches long (below), which carries a $1,500-2,500 estimate.

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Chinese Han terra-cotta horse. 14 inches high x 19 inches wide. Estimate $1,500-$2,500. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

Here are some additional highlights of the sale:

 – Lot 57: Qiu Ying (c. 1494-1551/52) (attributed to) landscape ink and color on silk, hanging scroll, 44 x 20 inches. Acquired by Dr. Peck, a western medical consultant to the last emperor, in mainland China 1899-1901 (est. $3,000-$5,000).

– Lot 150: A late 19th-/early 20th-century Chinese four-panel screen with stone carving details, in good condition with minor abrasions to back, 72 inches high by 64 inches wide (est. $1,500-$2,500).

– Lot 42: A pair of Chinese Republic cinnabar vases. 14 inches high by 4½ inches square (est. $100-$150).

– Lot 94: A fine 19th-century Japanese polychrome cloisonné vase, 11 inches high by 4 inches diameter (est. $1,000-$1,500).

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Fine 19th-century Japanese polychrome cloisonné vase. 11 inches high x 4 inches diameter. Estimate $1,000-$1,500. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

– Lot 29: 19th-century Chinese jade belt buckle, 3/4 inch high by 4 inches wide by 1 inch deep. Estimate $500-$700.

– Lot 65: Chiura Obata (1885-1975), Persimmons, watercolor, signed lower left, 17¼ by 22½ inches, frame: 25 by 29½ inches, 20th century (est. $1,500-$2,500).

– Lot 53: A fine 18th-/19th-century Chinese painting on silk of cranes, 73 inches high x 40 inches wide (est. $2,000-$3,000).

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Fine 18th-/19th-century Chinese painting on silk of cranes, 73 inches high x 40 inches wide. Estimate $2,000-$3,000. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

– Lot 31: Chinese jade carved fishbowl in the shape of a koi fish, late 19th-/early 20th-century, 7½ inches wide by 4 deep (est. $500-$700).

– Lot 146: 19th-century Moghul North Indian painting on silk, frame: 28 inches high by 22 wide, artwork: 22 inches high by 16 inches wide (est. $1,000-$1,500).

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Nineteenth-century Moghul North Indian painting on silk. Frame: 28 inches high x 22 inches wide. Artwork: 22 inches high x 16 inches wide. Estimate $1,000-$1,500. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

– Lot 14: Exceptional 15th-century Chinese Ming fishbowl-shaped celadon planter on stand, 6½ inches high (on stand) by 12¼ inches diameter (est. $700-$900).

– Lot 95: Early 20th-century Japanese four-panel screen, 74 inches high x 110 wide (est. $200-$300).

For more information, contact Stephen Turner, president of Turner Auctions, at 415-964-5250 or

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