Chinese furniture and jades top Bonhams March Asian decorative arts auction

Asian Decorative Arts
13 Mar 2012
San Francisco

San Francisco—Bonhams is pleased to announce its Asian Decorative Arts sale, March 13 in San Francisco. The auction will feature a variety of fine items at this 600-plus lot session, over 400 of which are Chinese. The sale will include a broad array of late 20th century huanghuali and hardwood furniture from a Los Angeles collection, as well as a fine assortment of jade and hardstone decorations. Also on offer will be a wide assortment of fine snuff bottles from various collections.

Headlining the sale is a great selection of Chinese huanghuali and hardwood pieces from various collections. The most noteworthy lots include two finely carved 18th century huanghuali veneer fragments now mounted together in a single frame (est. $8,000-$12,000), an elegant lao huali meditation chair (est. $7,000-$9,000) and a pair of huanghuali arm chairs (est. $5,000-$7,000).

There will also be an excellent assortment of more than 140 lots of Chinese decorative porcelains on offer, with special emphasis on monochrome and blue and white wares for the domestic and export markets. Of the monochrome pieces, there are a number of interesting Dehua figurines, most notably a graceful pair of Dehua porcelain figures of Magu (est. $5,000-$7,000). A selection of excellent polychrome enamels will also be available, including a pair of famille rose enamelled porcelain landscape plaques, intricately painted in bright enamels (est. $5,000-$7,000).

An excellent number of bronzes and metalwork will also be on offer, including a Ming dynasty gilt bronze Buddha seated on a lotus-form plinth (est. $3,000-$5,000) and a Tibeto-Chinese gilt bronze figure of Manjushri (est. $4,000-$5,000)

A fine selection of more than 60 decorative jades will be available, including a pair of spinach jade rectangular plaques with gilt and silver painted decoration (est. $3,000-5,000) and a pair of lavender jadeite oxen (est. $4,000-$6,000).

A great variety of textiles from different collections will also be offered, most notably a kesi-woven silk panel from the 19th century, depicting Xiwang Mu (est. $4,000-$6,000) and a fine pair of intricately worked yellow silk ground embroidered cushion covers (est. $3,000-$5,000).

There is a select group of just over 100 lots of Japanese art featuring a fine assortment of netsuke and okimono. Also on offer in the Japanese section will be a selection of interesting metalwork, including a champlevé enamel-decorated bronze Kannon from the Meiji/Taisho period (est. $5,000-$7,000).

Illustrated catalogues for both sales will be available online in the preceding weeks, for review and purchase at

Auction preview: March 9-11, San Francisco
Auction: March 13, San Francisco

Press Contacts:
Joalien Johnson: (415) 503-3348,
Jannelle Grigsby: (310) 567-7990,
Julie Saunders Guinta: (917) 206-1681,


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