Lifetime Asian collection of world travelers debuts at Everard Feb. 13-14

17th- or 18th-century Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze Buddha, estimated at $8,000-$12,000 at Everard Auctions.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Everard Auctions’ Winter Sale, scheduled for Tuesday, February 13 and Wednesday, February 14, includes Asian art and furniture from the Hilton Head Island estates of two well-traveled executives. Both South Carolina gentlemen kept meticulous records and retained receipts documenting the purchases made during their years of living abroad.

A pair of 17th-century yoke-back huanghuali side chairs with inset rattan seats is entered with a $10,000-$15,000 estimate. The duo is part of a collection of Qing huanghuali and hongmu furniture from the estate of a former GE executive and were bought in 1989 from Schoeni Fine Oriental Art in Hong Kong.

A set of four 18th-century Chinese kesi silk chair covers were purchased from Teresa Coleman Fine Arts in Hong Kong. Worked with auspicious flora and fauna, they would have been draped over chairs to protect them while not in use but are now offered framed with an estimate of $4,000-$6,000.

From the UBS executive’s estate comes a Ming dynasty Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze Buddha — its provenance includes ownership by R. Laquerod, Zurich, in 1934 — and two works by the Lebanese artist Adel Saghir (1930-2020), among them the monumental 1979 Heavenly Bounty bought via Washington Place Artists Gallery, New York in 1980. Both pieces carry estimates of $8,000-$12,000 each.

Collectors of Savannah regional art seldom tire of the atmospheric paintings of Myrtle Jones (1913-2005), which typically depict scenes of everyday life in the region, including urban streetscapes, buildings, landscapes, and portraits of locals. Several good examples appear in the sale, including the acrylic-on-canvas Savannah City Hall and Factors Walk, estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

Also of regional interest is a watercolor displaying the artistic talents of the celebrated singer-songwriter Johnny Mercer (1909-1976). An inlet near Mercer’s hometown of Savannah is named Moon River as an homage to the classic song from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, for which he wrote the lyrics. The watercolor, dated 1948 and titled Woman Walking in the Rain, has an estimate of $800-$1,200.

The books and manuscript section includes John James Audubon’s classic seven-volume octavo edition of The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories. His magnum opus, The Birds of America, was first published between 1827 and 1839, and depicts dozens of detailed illustrations of North American avians. The 1856 printing, retaining all 500 hand-colored stone-lithograph plates, is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

Everard to auction fine art from distinguished Savannah citizens, June 1-2

Style of Porfirio Salinas (Texas, 1910-1973), ‘Blue Bonnets,’ oil on canvas. Estimate $2,500-$3,500; starting bid $1,500

SAVANNAH, Ga. – On June 1-2, 2022, Everard Auctions will present a diverse selection of fine and decorative art, featuring property from the Estate of Murray C. Perlman of Savannah, Georgia. Perlman was a prominent Savannah resident who supported numerous organizations dedicated to local historic preservation, including the Historic Savannah Foundation. He was also an owner and partner of Savannah Galleries in historic downtown Savannah, which started selling fine American, English, and French antique furniture in 1968. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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