Rare Asian artefacts set for Doyle New York auction

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2015-06-26 10:45:17

Rare Asian artefacts set for Doyle New York auction

As part of the forthcoming New York Asia Week, Doyle New York has announced the details of their Asian Works of Art sale. Scheduled for Monday March 19, the sale will feature close to 800 lots covering thousands of years of cultural history from the Neolithic Period to the present day.

Amongst the lots on offer will be a selection of bronzes, paintings, sculpture, porcelain, jade and furniture, along with numerous historically important scholar’s objects.

Forming a large portion of the sale will be the Honorable Judge Edgar Bromberger Collection, assembled by the former Chief Magistrate of New York City. This fresh to the market collection was passed to his family after his death in 1956, and appears at auction for the first time with a wealth of rare artefacts.

The 270 lots include Chinese porcelain from the Quianlong Period, Ming Dynasty china from the 14th and 15th centuries, a wide selection of Jade objects, delicate snuff bottles and a rare 17th century Chinese rhinoceros horn libation cup.

The sale will also feature another important collection in the shape of the Langsdorf Collection of Chinese monochrome porcelain. The collection was built by Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Langsdorf of St. Louis, Missouri, benefactors of the St. Louis Art Museum. It features almost 200 lots, with the majority of pieces dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

Other notable pieces consigned from various collections and estates include:

  • An important bronze cannon commissioned by the Emperor Kangxi, dated 1695. The cannon was captured during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900, after centuries guarding the Hata Gate in Beijing, and brought to the U.S in 1901 by Col. Webb C. Hayes. It will appear in the sale with an estimated valie of $400,000 - $600,000.
  • An 18th century Chinese famille rose porcelain Buddhist stupa enshrining a figure of Buddha on a lotus throne, with an estimated value of $150,000 - 200,000.
  • An ink on paper landscape featuring fishermen by the notable Chinese artist Zhang Daqian, valued at $30,000 - $50,000.

The sale will be preceded by an exhibition of the items at Doyle’s New York gallery which runs from Friday March 16 until Sunday March 18.

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