Fine Asian Art Spanning Millennia Presented in Two Sales at Bonhams Los Angeles

Los Angeles – A range of works including ceramics, jades, scholars' objects, scrolls, and textiles that span millennia will be offered in two sales this June at Bonhams in Los Angeles: Fine Asian Works of Art on June 21 and Decorative Asian Works of Art online from June 13 – 22.

Fine Asian Works of Art
June 21

The Fine Asian Works of Art sale on June 21 will be highlighted by Waterfall from Huang Junbi (1899-1991), one of the most influential and productive artists in modern China and Taiwan. Estimated at $15,000 - 25,000, this hanging scroll depicts gentlemen gazing at a waterfall and includes a calligraphy inscription of a Tang dynasty poem. The sale also features an impressive selection of Qing dynasty porcelain, including a pair of Yongzheng period famille-rose 'floral' jars, estimated at $8,000 - 12,000, and a 19th century blue and white brushpot inscribed with a text by the Western Han dynasty poet Wang Bo, estimated at $8,000 - 12,000.

The sale includes 25 lots dedicated to arts of the scholar's studio, including a 17th century a bronze 'double dragon' brush rest, estimated at $2,000 - 3,000, a huanghuali jiaoxiang writing box, estimated at $6,000 – 8,000, and an 18th century huanghuali and hongmu yokeback chair, reputedly from the collection of Prince Pu Lun (1874-1927), estimated at $10,000 – 15,000. Textiles, bronzes, and jades are also well-represented in the sale, with highlights including a Ming dynasty jade waterpot in the form of a mythical beast from the Stephen Junkunc Collection, estimated at $8,000 - 12,000, a Han dynasty gilt-bronze stag form fitting from the Carl Kempe Collection, estimated at $10,000 - 15,000, and a blue-ground silk kesi 'dragon' robe, estimated at $4,000 - 6,000.

Additional highlights include:

• From the esteemed collection of real estate developer Richard Kelton (1929-2019), a canton enamel covered teapot and burner, circa 1745, which was created by Chinese artisans for a European market, estimated at $3,000 – 5,000.

• A Splashed Color Landscape by Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), one of the most popular artists in China during the 20th century, and his son, Zhang Xinyi (1938-2017), estimated at $5,000 – 7,000.

• Two large polychrome wood figures of Ananda and Kasyapa, distinguished disciples of Shakyamuni Buddha, from the Ming dynasty which are estimated at $15,000 - 25,000.

Decorative Asian Works of Art
June 13 – 22

The Decorative Asian Works of Art sale, running online from June 13 – 22, features a range of Chinese works of art, with highlights including a pair of large wucai 'figural' beaker vases from the 19th century, estimated at $10,000 – 15,000, and a 19th century red-ground embroidered silk 'elephant' frontal, estimated at $2,500 – 3,500. The auction also features works from other parts of Asia, including over 20 Japanese works of art, such a painting by the 19th century artist Matsukawa Hanzan (1818-1882) featuring two merchants, estimated at $3,000 – 5,000, and a bronze figure of Yasuda Zenjirō, made by Kitanura Shikai (1871-1927) in 1927, estimated at $2,000 – 3,000.


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