Dinosaur, diamonds and dynastic antiques at I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers February and March sales

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Diamond cufflinks with miniature gold oil wells in the center, from the estate of Frederick E. Wagner, fabled founder of El Dorado Gas and Oil.

I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneer’s upcoming February and March sales redefine the meaning of the industry’s three-Ds. In this case, the D’s stand for Diamonds, Dryosaurus Altus and Dynastic Ceramics.

On Feb. 15, diamond jewelry from the estate of Texas oilman Frederick E. Wagner will highlight I.M. Chait’s International Fine Arts Auction. Wagner founded El Dorado Oil and Gas, and was its president for many years.

Also featured in the Feb. 15 International Fine Arts Auction are fine Chinese dynastic porcelains and early Chinese pottery from two East Coast collections, as well as Buddhist bronzes, fine Chinese textiles and snuff bottles from an Asian estate. Japanese and Chinese carved jades and ivories from an Encino, Calif., collection add to strong showings.

Dryosaurus Altus To Visit New York

In March, I.M. Chait heads to its temporary headquarters in New York City where two sales are promised during Asia Week.

The Rare Natural History: Jurassic Auction, which has become a highly anticipated event for collectors of naturally formed phenomena such as asteroids and fossils, features a rare Dryosaurus Altus dinosaur skeleton.

The Dryosaurus Altus skeleton is one of only two specimens in the world. It was collected in 1993 in Wyoming and has been has been examined by Dr. Rod Scheetz of Brigham Young University. The expert on Hypsilophodontids, of which Dryosaurus is a member, stated “this is the best specimen” he has ever seen. It is expected to bring as much as $500,000 or even more.

Since the only other Dryosaurus specimen resides at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, many dinosaur buffs may never have seen one. All that will change when the skelton mount Dryosaurus Altus makes a personal appearance at Grand Central Station a few days before the Rare Natural History: Jurassic Auction. Details have not yet been announced.

March Asian Art Sale Spotlights

Dynastic Porcelains

Dynastic porcelains from China are among the featured lots in I.M. Chait’s third annual New York Asian Art sale Friday, March 20. The dynastic porcelains lead a full slate of Chinese ritual pottery, carved jades and ivories.

The Asian Art sale also includes a magnificent collection of Chinese and Sino-Tibetan gilt bronzes from an American collector who has residences in Vancouver, London and Paris. Among the collection are fine jade carvings purchased many years ago in London, including an Imperial Qianlong white jade mountain reputed to have been part of the collection at the summer palace, Beijing.

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Qianlong blue and white bowl with two writing dragons chasing pearls and clouds is the cover lot for I.M. Chait's Feb. 15 International Fine Arts Aucton.

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