Skinner’s Asian works of art auction nets $3.7 million

BOLTON, Mass. – Skinner Auctions announced the results of its recent Asian Works of Art sale, which grossed $3,722,862. The auction was held on April 26, 2008, in the Boston gallery. It represents the most successful sale to date for that specialty area at Skinner, and is the fifth most successful auction in the company’s history.

High prices were realized across the board, with the auction sell rate of 94 percent. Most of the buying came from bidders in the room, though bids on the phones and the Internet were also taken. Foreign buyers were present, including a considerable number of Europeans, in part the result of advertising in European antique publications.

According to James Callahan, director, Asian Works of Art, “The demand for Asian Art – especially contemporary works – continues to be strong, coming from collectors as far reaching as the pieces themselves.” Callahan continued, “And, we don’t see the trend waning.”

The top selling lot was a pale celadon carved jade figure from 18th/19th century China, which sold for $358,000. Jade carvings were hotly contested, accounting for nine of the top ten lots sold. Other jade highlights included: a jade carving of a reclining cat – $213,300; a jade censer carved in the shape of a foo dog – $189,600; a rectangular jade screen – $130,350; a jade ewer with foo dogs – $112,575; a jade vase ornately carved with dragons, pearls, flowers, bats and small children – $106,650; and a jade disc in the Pi ritual shape – $106,650.

A pair of Chinese snuff bottles, Ch’ia Ch’ing four-character mark in red and of the period, featuring famille rose designs of the Immortals brought in $100,725.

Skinner’s next auction of Asian Works of Art will be held on Oct. 18, 2008, in Skinner’s Boston gallery. For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s Web site at