Ming Dynasty bottle at Matheson’s, March 29-30

Bottle2 AT 3-26.jpgMELBOURNE, Fla. – Matheson’s AA Auction will present an 800-lot sale on March 29-30, beginning with 35 pieces of Asian art and antiques from the collection of Lillian Watson, noted collector and world traveler.

Twenty of the 35 pieces were exhibited at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and were insured for more than $5,000,000 in 1997. Matheson’s will offer the 35 pieces sequentially as the opening lots of the sale.

Lot #1 of the sale will be a 14-inch-high underglazed copper red and white pear-shaped bottle, 14th century, from the early Ming Dynasty, Hongwu Reign. Matheson will open the auction with this lot at $100,000, with no reserve; the final price is expected to reach at least $2M.

Among other items from the collection are a 10½-inch Imperial Chinese yellow enamel saucer dish, underglaze blue and overglaze yellow, with a floral decoration from the Ming Dynasty bearing the Emperor Chenghua mark (1465-1487), a 19½-inch-tall Chinese Famille Noire glazed vase with court scenes from the Qing Dynasty with Kangxi mark (1661-1722) and a life size Khmer Baphuon sculpture of a male, Saucer2 AT 3-26.jpgBaphuon period, 10th century, 49 inches tall with base.

This 15th century Ming Dynasty Imperial Chinese blue and yellow saucer bears the Emperor Chengua mark of the period.

In addition to Oriental art, the sale will feature some significant American and European art as well as estate jewelry and select furniture items. The sale starts at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 29, and will continue at 11 a.m., Sunday, March 30. For more information, call 321-768-6668, or go online to www.mathesonsaaauction.com.