Variety of furnishings, Asian art and antiques at Neue Auctions, June 25
BEACHWOOD, Ohio – On Saturday, June 25, Neue Auctions will offer the Asian art collection of the late Marvin Drucker in an online sale that will also include French furnishings. The auction, beginning at 10 am Eastern time, will feature bronzes, porcelains, carved hardstones, lacquer ware, cloisonne, snuff bottles, Wedgwood, Lalique glass and 18th-century English porcelains. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Highlighting the sale is a diminutive, late 18th-century boulle marquetry secretary bookcase in outstanding condition. The piece features a rectangular top with a pair of hinged glazed doors opening to a mirrored back and glass shelf. The interior has a fitted leather writing surface and three small drawers above hinged doors. It is estimated at $2,000-$4,000.
Other furniture items include a Georgian-style mahogany secretary bookcase vitrine of breakfront form in three sections, with glazed mullioned doors opening to a silk lined interior with glass shelves, estimated at $1,000-$2,000; and a George III mahogany bookcase in two parts, made circa 1800, the upper section positioned over a pair of hinged doors and the lower section with two short drawers over two graduated long drawers.
Figural animals, so prominent in Asian culture, will appear in the sale lineup in the form of a 10in-long Chinese bronze striding tiger featuring coiled decorative patterns on the tiger’s back that emulate archaic motifs on ancient bronzes. Its estimate is $500-$800.
Guanyin, the Buddhist goddess of mercy and compassion, is popular in China and a huge hit with collectors. The sale will feature a Chinese bronze Guanyin holding a lotus, the symbol of purity, and offering a blessing for good health; and also a pair of blanc de chine porcelain Guanyin with stands, depicting the two Guanyin, one standing, one seated, while dragons appear below their feet. The pair has an estimate of $100-$200.
Chinese cups and jars on offer include a Chinese pottery jar, possibly a Neolithic ceramic from the Yangshao culture (5000 BCE-3000 BCE), having painted motifs of geometric patterns and estimated at $400-$600; and a Chinese plique-a-jour stem cup decorated with peonies, flowering plum trees and birds. Often compared to stained glass, plique-a-jour is a challenging technique to achieve. The stem cup, which stands three inches tall, carries an estimate of $150-$300.
A pair of framed Chinese porcelain plaques or paintings, featuring themes of birds and flowering trees using overglaze enamels, is certain to attract interest. One is decorated with birds in a spring landscape with flowering cherry blossoms; the other depicts birds in a summer landscape with peony blossoms. Together they are estimated at $100-$300.
While the overall flavor of the sale is Asian, the merchandise mix is eclectic. A case in point is a lot consisting of four pieces of Pre-Columbian pottery: two tripod bowls, a figural vessel and a burnished vessel, estimated at $300-$500.
To learn more about Neue Auctions, visit www.neueauctions.com. Neue’s Cynthia Maciejewksi and Bridget McWilliams can be reached by phone at 216-245-6707 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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