San Francisco— Bonhams is pleased to announce it held a solid and successful auction of Asian Decorative Arts on March 13 in San Francisco. The sale, comprised of 600 lots of predominantly Chinese furniture, porcelain and jades, realized strong prices in each category.

Leading the auction were two 18th century carved huanghuali veneer fragments that sold for $43,750, far exceeding a pre-sale estimate of $8,000-$12,000. The top performing lots of furniture from the sale included a 20th century set of four hardwood armchairs that took in $31,250, beating its pre-sale estimate of $4,000-$6,000, and a pair of huanghuali arm chairs that brought $27,500 (pre-sale est. $5,000-$7,000).

Another highlight of the sale was an 18th/19th century miniature cloisonné enameled metal vase from the Alexander Wylly Collection that brought $35,000, selling far beyond its pre-sale estimate of $1,000-$1,500.

Solid prices were also achieved for Chinese jades, paintings and ceramics. A mottled green jadeite covered bowl from the Republic period (1911-1945) sold for $18,750 (pre-sale est. $1,800-$2,500); a 20th century hanging scroll after Pu Ru depicting two beauties took in $18,450 (pre-sale est. $800-$1,200); and a pair of polychrome enameled porcelain baluster vases, also from the Republic period, achieved $14,760 (pre-sale est. $1,500-$2,500).

The next sale of Asian works of art at Bonhams will be the Fine Asian Works of Art auction set to take place June 19-20 in San Francisco, with previews to be held June 15-17. The sale's illustrated catalog will be available online in the weeks preceding it, for review and purchase at www.bonhams.com.

Press Contacts:

Joalien Johnson: (415) 503-3348, joalien.johnson@bonhams.com


NOTES FOR EDITORS

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and appraisal services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com