BEVERLY, Mass. – Featuring the art collection of Peking University professor Wen Tsan Yu, Kaminski Auctions is announcing its March 30-31, 2012 fine Asian art and antiques auction will coincide with the last week of Asia Week 2012.
The sale includes many works by famous Chinese artists, the most notable Qi Baishi (1864-1957), Puru (1896-1963) and Pu Jin (1893-1966). Most paintings include a dedication by the artist to “Yu San,” Wen Tsan Yu and the collector’s personal seal. Also in this sale is his collection of exquisitely painted fans – the most important being a 20th-century fan of paper leaf and featuring painting by Wang Yun (1888-1934) on reverse with calligraphy by Zhu Nuzhen.
Wen Tsan Yu was raised in China and later became a professor at Peking University. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1916 with a Ph.B, and from Harvard University in 1919 with an LL.B. His grandfather, Moy Toy Ni (Charlie Toy), came to the United States in the late 1800s and settled in Milwaukee, Wis. He was widely known as “Chinese Rockefeller” in the early 20th century. Paintings in this collection have been in the family for more than 50 years.
Furniture in the sale includes a rare Pair of Huanghuali Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), chairs estimated at $20,000 to $25,000 and a Huanghuali kang table estimated at $20,000 to $35,000.
An early Japanese 20th century set of ivory figures, Statues of the Seven Deities of Fortune, “Shichifukujin,” intricately carved as holding their attributes and standing on customized wood stands, the tallest figure being 15 inches is estimated at $30,000 to $50,000.
This exquisite set is from the estate of the Count and Countess von Haller v. Hallerstein, Boston, Mass. Among the other extraordinary Asian pieces in this estate was a 15th-16th century, bronze, statue of Kali from India. It stands 17-1/2 inches high and has multiple arms and hands radiating around her, each holding an item symbolic of her power, including the shield, trident and the sword, and standing on a platform with one foot stepping on a defeated foe.
With the current success of Chinese porcelain reaching new auction highs, an early 19th-century Chinese Rose Mandarin punch bowl, featuring figures in a palace scenes with an elaborate interior border of bats, birds, blossoms and coins, the exterior rim with a border of auspicious fruits, chrysanthemums and butterflies, gilt details and rim, (8-1/2 inches high by 22-3/4 inches diameter) is estimated at $30,000 to $50,000.
Another important porcelain entry is a pair of blue and white vases, from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). They are of baluster form, with flared rims and each is painted with Ming officials partaking in a hunt, 15-1/2 inches by 5 inches. Their pre-auction estimate is $12,000 to $18,000.
Ben Wang, Kaminski’s Asian specialist has put together a diverse sale of outstanding pieces. For more information, visit www.kaminskiauctions.com. The sale takes place online and in New York City starting at 10 a.m. March 30-31, 2012.