Asian decorative arts on the auction block in June at Bonhams

San Francisco—Following close at the heels of the smash success of the decorative Asian sale held this past March, Bonhams is pleased to announce its Asian Decorative Arts auction in San Francisco on Tuesday, June 25. The auction will take place just a day after the firm's fine sale of Asian art, and will be sure to attract both Bonhams' veteran clients and newcomers to the Asian art world alike.

The auction will include more than 700 lots of predominantly Chinese ceramics, decorative arts and paintings - but also artwork from Japan, Korea and other Asian countries and regions, from private collections and estates, institutions and non-profit organisations. The works to be found in this sale encompass a wide range of materials, dating from the Neolithic period (about 4,000 BC) to the 20th century, all set at conservative estimates to encourage participation from worldwide buyers.

Just one of the many highlights from the sale will be a miniature famille-rose enamelled porcelain bottle vase from the 20th century. This tiny stickneck vase, from a private Orange County collection, bears the seal of the renowned 20th century potter Liang Duishi (active 1922-1937) and is decorated with a great amount of detail. With its reliable provenance and conservative estimate of $1,000-1,500, it's sure to attract bidders.

Potted of the same shape, but much larger - at nearly two feet tall, Bonhams is also pleased to offer a blue and white porcelain dragon and phoenix vase from the Late Qing/Republic period. Though of a later period than the $5.9 million, blue and white, Yongzheng mark and period Tianqiuping vase that sold at Bonhams last December, this vessel of similar ceramic shape and colour will go to a lucky bidder at a much more affordable estimate of $8,000-12,000.

In addition to a variety of jades and hardstone carvings, numerous lots of Chinese paintings and calligraphic works will be on offer, as well as many examples of furniture, textiles and other works of Chinese art.

For lovers of Japanese art, in addition to the traditionally popular categories of netsuke, okimono and sagemono, a group of fine quality decorative bronze works, mostly from the Meiji to the Showa periods, will be available in the Japanese works of art section. Notable is a miniature gold and silver damascened iron cabinet from the Meiji period — a stunning example of the amazing works available to the connoisseur of Japanese art at extremely reasonable prices. This little treasure chest, for example, is estimated at $800-1,200.

In addition, there will be exciting works from Southeast Asia, Korea and the Himalayas ready to be auctioned off.

The sale's illustrated catalogue will be available online several weeks in advance of the auction at

Auction Preview: June 22-25, San Francisco
Auction: June 25, San Francisco


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 valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to

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