Finest Asian art represented at Skinner auction Oct. 18

Skinner, one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, will host an auction of Asian Works of Art on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. in its Boston gallery. Featured are stellar collections of prints, pottery, jades, ivories and bronzes representative of the finest of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai and Tibetan art. 

The sale kicks off with an extensive offering of nearly 200 prints and paintings, including a Buddhist painting (lot 150, estimate $40,000-$50,000) from 13th century Korea; 29 prints from Hiroshige (lot 20, estimate $800-$1,200) from the Kyoka Tokaido; two modern Japanese prints (lot 35, estimate $800-$1,200) Woodpecker by Kawano Kaoru and Girl with Rabbit by Ikada Shuzo; and a Chinese ancestor portrait (lot 105, estimate $800-$1,200).

Several beautiful screens are expected to be sale highlights including a six-panel 18th century Japanese screen (lot 76, estimate $1,500-$2,500) of a village landscape; a 19th century Japanese six-panel folding screen (lot 79, estimate $2,000-$4,000) of flowers on gold ground; a Chinese Ivory screen (lot 554, estimate $800-$1,200) set in rosewood; and a Korean screen (lot 148, estimate $3,000-$5,000) from the 20th century.

The auction also features several impressive jades.  Of particular note is a water buffalo (lot 306, estimate $60,000-$80,000) probably from the Ming period carved in celadon green stone; a pair of Chinese table screens (lot 327, estimate $30,000-$50,000) in white jade with scenes of the Immortals; a gilded jade figure of the Goddess of Mercy (lot 305, estimate $30,000-$50,000) from the Ch’ein Lung period; and a pair of bowls (lot 307, estimate $5,000-$7,000) with the four-character Ch’ien Lung mark and of the period. Three panels of a jade book (lot 313, estimate $12,000-$15,000), also from China’s Ch’ien Lung period, in gray-green nephrite, will draw great interest.

The sale is rich in ceramics – both 18th century and Imperial, antique ivories, and snuff bottles. Also featured is a stone stele (lot 224, estimate $7,000-$9,000) from 12th century Northern India of the sun goddess Surya; a Korean lacquered box (lot 254, estimate $3,000-$5,000); a mixed metal vase (lot 615A, estimate $2,000-$2,500) from Japan’s Meiji period; and a pair of Oviform jars (estimate $3,000-$5,000) from the K’ang His period, China. 

Finally, several bronzes will grace the sale, with highlights including a gilt-bronze image of a Taoist Deity (lot 220, estimate $6,000-$8,000); a Sino Tibetan gilt-bronze figure of a Buddha holding a smoking censer (lot 741, $1,000-$1,500); a Sino-Tibetan gilt-bronze image of a standing figure of Manjushri (lot 742, estimate $1,000-$1,500); and a Tibetan 17th century wrathful deity wearing a tiger skin and holding a double vajra while trampling two serpents (lot 743, estimate $1,500-$2,500).

Previews for the sale will be 12-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, 12-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, and 9- 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.  Illustrated catalog #2430 is available by mail for $35 ($42 for foreign requests) from Skinner’s subscription department at 978-779-6241 x240.  It is also available at the gallery for $32. Prices realized will be available at www.skinnerinc.com during and after the sale. 

For more information, call 978-779-6241, or visit www.skinnerinc.com.  Skinner’s site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, and order catalogs online.

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