SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Bonhams
announced 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.