Martha Jane Starr, whose father co-founded Phillips Petroleum, spent more than 60 years collecting antiques and fine furnishings. Starr and her husband donated major collections to various museums; the heirlooms that remain will be sold at public auction without reserve. Read More +
A late 19th century Russian red enameled medal is expected to take top lot honors from among the approximate 400 lot offerings in an April 28 live and online auction. Read More +
Vibrantly and painstakingly crafted, Meiji Satsuma earthenware literally reflects Japanese artistry, history and culture, from the featured themes and motifs to the art form’s minute liquid gold embellishments and ivory to yellow fine-crackled glazes. Noted for their dense ornamentation, Satsuma can be embellished with borders of varying types and patterns, including enamel, geometric, brocade, scroll, latticework and lush florals. Read More +
Featuring the art collection of Peking University professor Wen Tsan Yu, Kaminski Auctions is announcing its March 30-31 Asian art and antiques sale will coincide with the last week of Asia Week 2012. Read More +
Michaan’s Auctions’ Dec. 18, 2012 auction is its third-highest grossing auction to date and is the third fine Asian works of art sale to break the $1 million mark. The market for decorative Asian furniture has remained strong as prominent collectors continue to seek extravagant, well-executed pieces of large stature. Read More +
Second only to the stunning photography, “Symbols on Chinese Porcelain” offers valuable context on why this porcelain style matters to the fine-art world, collectors and even philosophers. The book reveals the secrets of the symbols of good luck and the visual imagery of Chinese decorative elements by means of approximately 80 masterpieces of Chinese porcelain spanning 1,000 years. Read More +
Over 300 people were in attendance (and more than 450 registered to bid online) during Cordier Auctions’ two day antique and fine art auction, the inaugural auction in their new Harrisburg, Pa., salesroom Nov. 5-6.
Among the highlights, a lady’s Cartier Art Deco diamond wristwatch realized $21,000. Read More +
An exceedingly rare and important Waltham girandole (an ornate banjo clock), made around 1900 and with a serial number of 1, making it possibly the first of fewer than 50 made, sold for $17,255 at an auction held Dec. 28.
The Waltham timepiece was the top lot of the 400 or so items that changed hands in a sale that featured antique clocks, Asian objects, fine art, porcelain and antiques in an array of categories. Read More +
A group of fine Chinese furniture took the spotlight at a $12.8-million auction of fine Asian works of art Dec. 20-21. A rare pair of zitan and hongmu recessed leg altar tables, 18th/19th century, from the Carlisle estate soared to $2,714,500 against fierce bidding. Read More +
With 500-plus lots of Asian arts and antiques examples, Bonhams Nov. 15 auction of Asian Decorative Arts in San Francisco earns more than $1.1 million. One of the many surprises included a late 18th/early 19th century brush pot that sold for $17,500 against a pre-sale estimate of $1,000 to $1,500. Read More +