British collection of Asian art, artifacts makes US auction debut Dec. 11

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Michaan’s has been entrusted to offer a fine selection of Chinese artifacts from the distinguished collection of A & J Speelman of London. Selections froim the Speelman collection are just part of the December Fine Asian Art Auction that begins Dec. 11 in Alameda, Calif.

Since 1976, A & J Speelman a third generation scholar and Asian antique dealer, has been celebrated for their scholarship and reverence for the history, diversity and quality of Asian antiques. This ensemble was personally selected by Michaan’s Asian specialist, Sarah Zhu; the pieces chosen reflect A & J Speelman’s confidence that knowledgeable collectors on the West Coast and throughout the United States will appreciate the quality, scarcity and artistic importance of these works.

“Offering these items from the Speelman collection elevates our California auction house to international standards. We are honored to be the first auction house to offer this impressive collection to the United States market,” said Sarah Zhu, Asian specialist.

Highlights include:

• A gilt bronze figure of a Bodhisattva, Nepalese, 14th century, estimated at $80,000-$88,000.

• A blue and white porcelain baluster vase, Kangxi Period, estimated at $88,000-$98,000.

• A pair of cinnabar lacquer wall vases with gilt bronze mounts, Qianlong Period, estimated at $88,000-$98,000.

• Polychrome soapstone, Mother and Child, Qianlong Period, estimated at $4,200-$4,800.

• Buffalo horn carving of Guan Yin and Attendant, Wanli Mark and Period, estimated at $30,000-$50,000.

• A pair of Imperial jardinières with cinnabar panels inset into painted borders on a rare blue ground, estimated at $120,000-$180,000.

The December Fine Asian Art Auction will also include property from distinguished private collectors.

This event will spotlight the diversity of Eastern culture with impressive examples of Chinese and Japanese works of art from multiple periods and styles. This sale will offer over 300 lots of important ceramics, sculptures, jades, carvings, textiles, archaic bronzes, furniture, paintings and prints from the classical to the contemporary.

For highlights of the sale or a complete catalog visit or call 510-740-0220.

Photos courtesy Michaan’s Auctions.


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