Kaminski Auctions of Beverly, Massachussetts, and Beverly Hills, California, is following up its very successful August Asian auction with an important Asian evening auction on Thursday, October 14 at 4 p.m. Eastern time
In turn, this will be followed by a two-day Autumn Estate Auction Saturday and Sunday October 15-16, in Beverly. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.
Highlights of this Asian sale include a stunning enameled lotus bowl decorated with flowers and butterflies on a fret background, estimated at $2000-$3000, and an impressive bronze Guan Yin standing 40 inches tall by 13 inches, estimated at $4000-$6000.
An overriding trend in today's Asian market is Chinese porcelain, which sell far above auction estimates. Kaminski's August Asian sale was no exception, as a circa 1925 Chinese vase painted in the traditional style of artist Wang Shigu with mountain landscapes reached $152,100 and became the star of the auction.
Exceptional porcelain pieces in this upcoming evening sale include a fine Kangxi period (1662-1722) oxblood vase estimated at $3000-$5000, and an 18th century Chinese export famille rose tureen with unique animal-shaped grips and a pomegranate-shaped finial, estimated at $4000-$6000, as well as a pair of 19th century Chinese famille noir lidded ginger jars painted with plum blossoms and birds on lacquer stands, which should bring well above their $700-$1200 auction estimate.
Other top lots include a 19th century famille verte vase elegantly painted with Chinese immortals, a 18th/19th century beautifully carved gilt wood standing Buddha, and a 19th century double-sided jade plaque on a wood base intricately carved with a ribbon-tailed bird perched amongst peony flowers on one side and an early morning scene on the reverse with a rooster overlooking a scholar reading under a pavilion and a farmer tilling with yoked ox.
The cover lot of the auction brochure is an exquisite 18th or 19th century Neoclassical style Italian table very similar to a table in the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection, Malibu, California.
The table, with supports in the form of winged rams, is in the manner of Francesco Antonio Franzoni (Italian 1734-1818), and has the coat of arms of Pope Pius VI carved on the supports. The top is white and green breccia medicea polished marble.
The table was once the centerpiece of the Paine Furniture Company's corporate offices at 81 Arlington Street, Boston. It will be sold in its present location, from the consignor's home in Brookline, Massachussetts.
There is also a wonderful pair of Lalique style glass tables in the form of swans and signed at the bottom with an estimate of $6000-$7000.
Sure to draw considerable interest on Saturday, are two pieces of New Hampshire Queen Anne furniture, the first a desirably diminutive maple fan carved highboy with original brass hardware, circa 1760-1780 estimated at $6000-$9 000,and the second a single drawer tiger maple table estimated at $5000-$8000.
A Boston Chippendale mahogany card table circa 1760 and estimated at $9000-$12,000 caps off the top lots of American furniture in the Saturday sale.
A pair of monumental 19th century Napoleon III Sevres urns are a featured lot of the Sunday sale. They are exquisitely painted on a navy blue and gold background with a coronation scene on one side and a landscape on the reverse. The urns stand 63 inches tall and are estimated at $30,000-$40,000.
An interesting silver item in the sale is a Norwegian silver Viking ship on stand centerpiece by the silversmith Gustav Gaudernack and dated 1901. It was produced by the David Anderson Company and is estimated to bring about $15,000.