Bonhams New York To Offer Four Asian Art Sales On September 9 and 11

New York – On September 9 and 11, Bonhams will offer four Asian art sales — Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles, Chinese Works of Art, Property from the Collection of Drs. Edmund and Julie Lewis Part I, and Fine Japanese and Korean Art. The sales present 700 lots of quality and rarity that span centuries ranging from sculpture, ceramics, prints, paintings, among others. Public exhibitions begin September 5. In conjunction with the sales, Bonhams will also host a day of lectures on September 7 and 9, featuring guest speakers and prominent scholars. In addition, touring highlights from upcoming sales at Bonhams London and Hong Kong will also be on view, which include Masterpieces of Japanese art from a Royal collection, The Reverend Richard Fabian Collection of Chinese Paintings, and The Path of Compassion: Masterpieces of Buddhist Sculpture. More information is provided below.

Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles - September 9 at 10am

The sale of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles features over 150 exquisite bottles in a wide range of materials, including jade, glass, agate, porcelain, and amber. Highlights include a white jade 'Mallow Blossom' snuff bottle, Qianlong period, 1736-1795 (estimate: $10,000-15,000); an embellished celadon jade snuff bottle, the bottle: 1780-1850, embellishment: Tsuda family, Kyoto, Japan, 20th century (estimate: $8,000-12,000); and a faceted blue jadeite snuff bottle, 1780-1880 (estimate: $8,000-12,000). This superbly cut bottle belongs to a group of several extant bottles of blue jadeite and in this form that were made at the Imperial Palace Workshops. This bottle was treasured by Bob Stevens, appearing as one of the Favorites Among the Favored in his classic 1976 overview The Collector's Book of Snuff Bottles.

Chinese Works of Art - September 9 at 1pm

The sale of Chinese Works of Art includes 140 lots, representing works from a variety of collecting categories including sculpture, ceramics, paintings, jade carvings, and furniture. Leading the sale is a carved wood figure of a Bodhisattva, Song/Jin dynasty, measuring over four feet tall (estimate: $125,000-200,000) and a fine and rare gilt lacquered bronze figure of guanyin, 10th/11th century (estimate: $50,000-70,000) from the collection of Drs. Edmund and Julie Lewis. Additional highlights include Pine and Cicada, a hanging scroll by Qi Baishi (1864-1957) (estimate: $80,000-120,000); a fine huanghuali 'Southern Official's Hat' armchair, nanguanmaoyi, 17th/18th century (estimate: $60,000-80,000); and a rare pair of famille rose enameled chicken cups, Yongzheng marks and of the period (estimate: $40,000-60,000).

Property from the Collection of Drs. Edmund and Julie Lewis, Part I - September 11 at 10am

Among the highlights of the week is Property from the Collection of Drs. Edmund and Julie Lewis Part I, a 115-lot sale which is highlighted by a rare and important gilt bronze figure of Chijang Bosal (Ksitigarbha), Goryeo dynasty (918-1392), 13th/14th century (estimate: $800,000-1,200,000). Sculptural representations of Ksitigarbha are commonly found in Japanese art but are extremely rare in Korea; only one other Goryeo-dynasty Korean bronze figure of the deity is known in a Japanese private collection. Additional highlights in the collection include a seated wood figure of Nyoirin Kannon, Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th/14th century (estimate: $18,000-25,000); Ryu chi ryu (Dragon knows dragon), 1967, a large four-panel screen by Morita Shiryu (1912-1998, estimate: $60,000-80,000); and Landscape II (2000), and a ceramic sculpture by Fukami Sueharu (1947) Heisei era (1989-2019, estimate: $50,000-70,000).

For more details on the collection, a separate press release is available here.

Fine Japanese and Korean Art- September 11 at 1pm

Following the Collection of Drs. Edmund and Julie Lewis Part I, Bonhams will offer a large range of nearly 300 Japanese and Korean works of art dating from the 16th to the 20th century. The sale of consists of screens, ceramics, paintings, prints, armor and metalwork. Among the Japanese art highlights is the celebrated print of Kanagawa-oki nami-ura (Under the Wave off Kanagawa, but best known by its popular name "The Great Wave") by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) Edo period (1615-1868), circa 1830-1831(estimate: $200,000-300,000). Among an impressive selection of works from the Meiji era are a large and rare Satsuma vase by Sozan for the Kinkozan workshop (estimate: $18,000-25,000), a large and boldly decorated circular bronze plaque with peonies and butterflies by Ippo (estimate: $10,000-15,000), and a fine and large inlaid-iron tray, Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th century, Komai Company, circa 1880 (estimate: $20,000-30,000). The Korean art highlights include a painting of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the Ten Directions, Joseon dynasty (1392-1897), dated 1699 (estimate: $40,000-50,000); a glazed porcelain moon jar (dal hang-ari), Joseon dynasty, 18th century (estimate: $20,000-30,000); and a mother-of-pearl inlaid lacquer storage chest, Joseon dynasty (1392-1897), 19th or early 20th century (estimate: $10,000-15,000).

Touring Highlights

The Path of Compassion: Masterpieces of Buddhist Sculpture- SALE: October 7 at Bonhams Hong Kong

The Path of Compassion: Masterpieces of Buddhist Sculpture is a single owner sale of eight Buddhist sculptures from the esteemed Nyingjei Lam Collection. The Collection, which translates into 'Paths of Compassion', is long regarded as the gold standard in the field of collecting Himalayan Art, comprising outstanding examples of Tibetan sculpture as well as superb works from surrounding regions that were important in the formation of Tibetan sculpture: eastern India, Swat Valley and Nepal. The eight works on offer – all fresh to the market – were previously on long-term loan for more than ten years to the Rubin Museum of Art, New York.

The Reverend Richard Fabian Collection of Chinese Paintings- SALE: October 9 at Bonhams Hong Kong

One of America's premier private collections of 38 Modern Chinese paintings for sale will take at Bonhams Hong Kong on October 9. Comprising over 280 works in total, The Reverend Richard Fabian Collection of Chinese Paintings spans from the Kangxi and Qianlong period to the 1980's, encompassing every major school with examples by such masters as Ren Yi, Xugu, Wu Changshuo, Qi Baishi, Huang Binhong, Xu Beihong, Zhang Daqian, Fu Baoshi, and Li Keran, among others.

Masterpieces of Japanese art from a Royal collection- SALE: November 7 at Bonhams New Bond Street

The works of art from this outstanding private collection were created by some of the most acclaimed artists to emerge in Japan during the Edo and Meiji Periods. Among the highlights are a strong selection of masterpieces produced during the lifetime of Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), one of Japan's most revered Lacquer artists. Leading the sale is a wood panel depicting a scene based of the Noh play Hachi no ki shows a farmhouse in the snow at Sano. The panel from the Meiji era,1883, has an estimate of £300,000-500,000.


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