PHILADELPHIA, PA— On Friday, June 19, Freeman’s will offer over 200 carefully selected lots in its Asian Arts auction. Spanning centuries and countries, the sale is a compelling offering of furniture, porcelains, jades, textiles, sculpture and fine art from across the Far East, including a group of ancient Chinese bronzes from a private Main Line collection and a selection of mark and period Chinese porcelains of the Qing dynasty.
CHINESE IMPERIAL PORCELAINS
The sale includes a fine selection of elegant imperial Chinese porcelains from the 18th and 19th centuries. The highlight is a rare and refined blue and white-decorated porcelain lobed bowl, Qianlong mark, and period (Lot 58, $30,000-50,000). When acquired by the present owner in 2011, only one other known example, with a yellow enamel ground, was noted.
BUDDHAS AND BODHISATTVAS FROM JAPAN TO THE HIMALAYAS
A strong section of the sale is composed of Buddhist figural arts, including examples rarely encountered on the market. For sheer elegance of execution, the 15th century Nepalese or Tibetan gilt copper alloy figure of a bodhisattva (Lot 31, $20,000-30,000) is unequaled among the sculptures. With finely cast and finished details and a rich gilded surface suitably-worn by centuries of adoration, the bodhisattva is an example of the fine workmanship, likely Newari, which so influenced the exquisite gilt bronzes of the early Ming dynasty.
Of particular note is a small, gold repoussé Southeast Asian figure of a seated Buddha from the 12th-14th century (Lot 26, $10,000-15,000). Acquired by the husband of the present owner from noted New York dealer Doris Wiener, the Buddha is a rare survivor in precious metal, with a lively expression and large presence belying its 2 ¼ inch height. It is joined in the sale by a number of additional Chinese, Japanese, and Burmese figures of Buddhas and bodhisattvas, which differ in size and are made of varying elements including wood, sandstone, copper, and bronze.
This piece is joined by a small group of monochrome red bowls and dishes (Lots 59-62) given to the present owner’s mother by her longtime friend, Joseph Paul Gardner — an architect and dancer who served as one of the Monuments Men in World War II and as first Director (1933-1953) of what is now the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO.
Lot 31: A Nepalese or Tibetan gilt copper alloy figure of a bodhisattva
Lot 194: Waterfall, Tani Buncho (1763-1840)
H: 130 1/2, W: 55 3/4 in.
Estimate $6,000 – 8,000
Lot 189: A rare and impressive Japanese patinated bronze censer and cover with original wood stand, Miyao.
Meiji period, late 19th century.
Estimate $25,000 – $35,000