San Francisco— As the hammer hit down for the last lot in the gallery on October 2nd, Bonhams Fall Asian Decorative Arts auction in San Francisco marked another successful sale, fetching a total of $1,858,337.
Chinese works of art continued to attract the most competitive bidding interest from a roomful of enthusiastic buyers, as well as buyers participating in the sale online and by telephone.
Chinese paintings and calligraphy was one of the strongest areas of the sale. A group of seven Chinese Imperial Edicts and Edict fragments from the Qing dynasty sold for $98,500, soaring past its pre-sale estimate of $15,000-20,000. A hanging scroll attributed to Gao Qifeng (1889-1933), depicting birds and banana leaves, was added to the collection of a new owner at the price of $43,750, easily beating a pre-sale estimate of $1,200-1,800. Another traditionally themed Chinese painting by a group of celebrated artists, Guan Shanyue (1912-2000), Yang Shanshen (1913-2004), Zhao Shaoang (1905-1998) and Li Xiongcai (1910-2001), sold for $22,500, outperforming a pre-sale estimate of $2,500-4,000.
Chinese porcelains and jade carvings remain popular categories in the market. A famille rose enamelled porcelain stick-neck vase from the Republic Period achieved $43,750 (pre-sale est. $6,000-8,000); a tall blue and white porcelain figure of Guanyin from the 20th century sold for an impressive $47,500 (pre-sale est. $2,000-3,000); and a pair of massive carved spinach jade basins from late Qing/Republic period sold for $40,000, doubling its pre-sale estimate of $20,000-40,000.
A 16th century gilt copper alloy figure of Syamatara was one of the top performing lots from other works of art; its realised price of $32,500, far exceeding a pre-sale estimate of $4,000-6,000.
The next auctions of Asian works of art at Bonhams will be Fine Asian Works of Art and Asian Decorative Arts, set to take place December 10-11 in San Francisco, with previews to be held December 8-10. The catalogues for both sales will be available for review and purchase in the weeks preceding the auctions at www.bonhams.com.
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