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Qing Dynasty plate with floral motif may realize $50K

Chinese ceramics, Ming-style wood chairs, lighting and glass are headlining Sterling Associates’ October 28th Fall Auction.
Qing Dynasty plate

Chinese Qing Dynasty famille rose plate, Yongzheng, 1723-1735, est. $30,000-$50,000. (All photos courtesy Sterling Associates)

CLOSTER, N.J. – Three upscale Bergen County, New Jersey estates are at the forefront of Sterling Associates’ October 28th Fall Auction of fine art and antiques. A special highlight is a 40-lot selection of exquisite European and American antique and studio glass. Absentee and online bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The Wednesday evening online/phone/absentee auction will follow the same blueprint that owner Stephen D’Atri has implemented since first opening the doors to his brick-and-mortar business: offering absolutely fresh art and antiques from exclusive homes and estates.

“We’re fortunate to be located where we are and to have connections that bring us quality estates from around the tri-state area,” D’Atri said. “We’re particular about what we sell, and it must be obvious, because we’ve developed a loyal clientele worldwide. We ship to buyers in more than a dozen countries, and many of them become repeat customers.”

Asian antiques are always popular in Sterling’s sales. The Oct. 28 auction includes a stunning and highly important Chinese Qing Dynasty famille rose plate, dating to 1723-1735 (Yongzheng). The 7¾-inch plate hand-painted with a floral and butterfly motif is estimated at $30,000-$50,000.

A pair of 19th-century Ming-style wood chairs, possibly huanghuali wood) are of a horseshoe-back design with solid rectangular seats and elegantly curved front and side aprons. They are offered as a pair with an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.

Several outstanding paintings have been cataloged, including a Kazuya Sakai (Argentinean, 1927-2001) modern acrylic-on-canvas work measuring 62 by 54 inches. It is signed, dated and titled on verso: Kazuya Sakai ‘Homecoming’ 1973. Estimate: $6,000-$9,000.

Crafted in the classical style, a circa-1890 petra dura gueridon features an Art Nouveau bronze

Ming-style chairs

Pair antique Ming-style chairs, possibly huanghuali wood, est. $2,000-$3,000

pedestal base that terminates on three sculpted dolphins resting on a black marble base. The tastefully executed table is expected to make $5,000-$6,000.

The art and studio glass selection includes decorative pieces, lighting, sculpture, vases, bowls, stemware and service ware from such renowned makers as Lalique, Baccarat, Steuben, Tiffany Studios, Daum Nancy, Galle, St. Lambert and many others. Among the Tiffany highlights is a bronze and blown-glass Harp lamp with original iridescent shade marked LCT Favrile. The base bottom is marked Tiffany Studios New York 613. The auction estimate on this lovely lamp is $3,000-$5,000.

Made by the esteemed Austrian company Loetz, an amber iridescent Phaenomen art glass vase is decorated with applied swirling teardrops with iridescent striations. It stands 9¼ inches high and is marked on the bottom: Loetz Austria. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000.

“This is a very nice fall sale featuring estates we’re proud to bring to the marketplace,” said D’Atri. “Along with the rest of the Sterling Associates team, I look forward to seeing old and new friends alike at the gallery preview. I think everyone will agree, we’ve prepared an impressive line-up of antiques and art for October 28th.”

Bidding in Sterling Associates’ online/phone/absentee auctions is conducted remotely, but all goods may be inspected ahead of time at the company’s spacious showroom. Internet live bidding is available through

The Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 auction will commence at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. The live gallery preview is from 11-3 on Oct. 23, 26, 27 and 28; and 11-2 on auction day, or by appointment. Sterling Associates’ showroom is located at 70 Herbert Ave., Closter, NJ 07624. Bidding methods include phone, absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

For additional information on any item in the auction or to reserve a phone line, call 201-768-1140 or e-mail Online: View the fully illustrated catalog online at