Skinner, Inc. is set to host its first Asian Art sale of 2016, with more than 500 lots set to cross the block in Boston later this month.
Timed to coincide with Asia Week in New York, which attracts collectors from round the globe, the sale will offer a strong selection of Chinese and Persian ceramics, jades, textiles, cloisonné and furniture.
Many of the leading lots come from renowned collections across the U.S, particularly in the category of ceramics. Most notable are the pieces from the collections of Dudley L. Pickman (1779-1846), a founding member of the East India Marine Society, and Charles G. Loring (1828-1902), the first Director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, both of whom donated Asian artworks during the early years of the MFA.
Ceramic highlights will include a Sky-blue Glazed Bottle Vase, possibly 18th century, estimated at $15,000-$20,000; a pair of Blue and Green Covered Dragon Jars, possibly Daoguang period, valued at $8,000-$10,000; a 19th century Japanese Export Enameled and Gilt Dragon-and-Phoenix Jar, valued at $6,000-$8,000; and a pair of 20th century Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Vases, estimated at $5,000-$7,000.
The sale’s most valuable lot will be an exquisitely decorated Chinese Cloisonne Ice Chest, possibly Qianlong period, which is expected to sell for 440,000-$60,000, and a Kangxi period Double-sided Twelve-panel Coromandel Screen, depicting the legendary Peach Festival banquet with Xi Wangmu and the Jade Emperor, valued at $20,000-$30,000.
Notable jade lots will include a Jade Carving of a Reclining Ibex valued at $9,000-$12,000, a translucent Jadeite Covered Censer estimated at $10,000-$12,000, and a small Jade Carving of a Horse priced at $8,000-$10,000.
The auction will also offer a number of rare and attractive paintings, embroidered panels, handscrolls, bronze statues and decorative items spanning centuries of craftsmanship.
The Skinner, Inc. Asian Works of Art sale takes place in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday March 19.