Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art Auction
Monday 19th March, 2012 2.00pm
The Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian sale on March 19 consists of
over 240 lots of important sculpture and painting from the distinguished
collections of the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Estate, Paul F. Walter
and the J. Russell Wherritt Trust. Also included are important
discoveries of a previously unrecorded Indian painting by the master
artist Bagta and a stunning Tibetan thangka depicting Kurukulla that has
been held in a private collection for the past 40 years. The sale touches
on three millennia of art and artefacts ranging from Neolithic adze
blades from Southeast Asia through to a large group of 19th century
Indian 'Company School' illustrations, and works by the modern Indian
master Jamini Roy.
Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles
Tuesday 20 March, 2012 10.00am
The March 20 auction of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles will feature over
one hundred fifty bottles primarily drawn from three private
collections, Dr. Martin Roshco, Mrs. Fay Plohn
and Dr. Edward A. Kopinitz.
Among the highlights is a splendidly carved rock crystal double
gourd snuff bottle dating from the 18th century, fine
basket weave patterned amber and white jade bottles,
and a white jade snuff bottle with the "wrapped Qin"
motif. In addition there will also be outstanding cinnabar lacquer bottles, enamelled glass
bottles, as well as, a fine European subject snuff bottle with enamels on 18k gold.
Many of the bottles offered have provenance from top
dealers and houses, some of which can be traced back to the 1960s.
Fine Japanese Works of Art
Tuesday 20 March, 2012, 1.00pm
Bonhams Japanese department is excited to offer a second selection of
important works by Yoshida Hiroshi from the collection of Yoshida
Chizuko. This group will feature 47 lots of prints, drawing on
some of his most recognisable images from his Europe, India and United
States series, as well as ten lots of oil paintings, many conceived
while on treks through Japan's mountainous landscape.
A stunning pair of screens featuring Mt. Fuji and the grasses at
Musashino is a highlight of the painting section.
The netsuke and lacquer offerings are drawn from several private collections,
including many from American mystery-fiction writer John D. MacDonald,
and two private collectors from the West and East Coasts.
Sword fittings from the collection of Clarence McKenzie Lewis, Jr. will
round out the section dedicated to the Arts of the Samurai. Several
important tsuba makers are represented in the group that was first
formed in the early 20th century by Asian scholar Mary Churchill Ripley,
maternal grandmother to Lewis. Of interest to collectors will be a
ko-kinko tsuba formerly in the collection of Sasano Masayuki, and a
piece by Umetada Mitstada, formerly in the Wakayama collection.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
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