The Big Easy prepares for history-making Asian art and antiques auction

NEW ORLEANS — Neal Auction Company is pleased to announce the inclusion of an important selection of Asian art and antiques deaccessioned by the Headley-Whitney Museum of Lexington, Ky., in its Feb. 23-24, 2013, Important Winter Estates Auction.

Neal Alford, president of Neal Auction Company, said “The Headley-Whitney consignment represents one of the finest single-owner consignments of Asian objects we have ever seen in New Orleans. The auction represents a rare opportunity to acquire objects with

A Chinese Carved Rhinoceros Horn Libation Cup, 18th c., h. 4 1/8 in., w. 7 1/8 in., d. 4 1/4 in., presale estimate $8,000 - $12,000. Provenance: George W. Headley III, c. 1970; to the Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, KY. (Photo courtesy Neal Auctions)

A Chinese Carved Rhinoceros Horn Libation Cup, 18th c., h. 4 1/8 in., w. 7 1/8 in., d. 4 1/4 in., presale estimate $8,000 – $12,000. Provenance: George W. Headley III, c. 1970; to the Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, KY. (Photo courtesy Neal Auctions)

such impeccable provenance.”

Highlights from the Headley-Whitney Museum consignment include six Chinese carved rhinoceros horn libation cups dated to the 17th and 18th centuries; an exceptional “eccentric” carved hardwood libation cup, formerly in the de Menasce collection, London; a pair of carved bamboo libation cups; and a buffalo horn cup.

Chinese fine art from the Headley-Whitney Museum includes two hanging scrolls, which were acquired in 1967 at Parke-Bernet where they were attributed to Ma Lin and Emperor Song Huizong, as well as a massive painting of a “Court Gathering.”

Chinese porcelain and pottery from the collection runs the gamut, dating from the 13th century to the 1930s. Highlights include a Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) junyao bowl, formerly in the Mottahedeh collection; a pair of anhua decorated white glazed “eggshell” porcelain conical bowls with Yongle marks; a ko-sometsuke fish-form dish; a 17th century blue and white porcelain covered jar; and extensive collections of blue and white porcelain vases, dishes, bowls, saucers, teacups, wine cups and chargers.

The Headley-Whitney Museum’s Chief Administrator and Curator of Collections, Amy Greene, wrote: “The Headley-Whitney Museum is currently working to concentrate its holdings, in order to preserve the Museum and its treasures for the benefit of

Sidney Hutter (American, b. 1954), "Vase #13", c. 1988, from the Plate Glass Vase series, engraved signature and with edition number "2/80", green, cut, ground and polished plate glass, height 12 in., diameter 6 in. is expected to fetch $4000 - $6000. (Photo courtesy Neal Auction Company)

Sidney Hutter (American, b. 1954), “Vase #13″, c. 1988, from the Plate Glass Vase series, engraved signature and with edition number “2/80″, green, cut, ground and polished plate glass, height 12 in., diameter 6 in. is expected to fetch $4000 – $6000. (Photo courtesy Neal Auction Company)

future generations.” Museum founder George W. Headley III was best known for his jewelry creations and bibelots, which comprise the museum’s core collection.

For more information on Neal Auction Company and its calendar of events, including this fine estates auction, visit www.nealauction.com or call 504-899-5329.

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