Asia Week is rapidly approaching and as auction houses up and down the East Coast prepare to receive hundreds of Asian Art collectors and enthusiasts, Freeman's
anticipates yet another record-breaking sale. This September 9, 2012 Freeman's will offer a selection of Chinese porcelain from collector and interior designer, Frank J. Schwind. The sale is highlighted by three lots: lot 757, a Qianlong flambé glazed vase and lot 762, a Daoguang famillé rose "peach and bat" vase, $20,000-30,000 and $15,000-20,000 respectively. The sale will also include a painting by renowned Southeast Asian artist, Lee Man Fong, titled "Compoon," lot 115, estimated at $60,000-100,000.
Lee Man Fong's "Compoon" is new to the market and has impeccable provenance-the current owner was a close friend of the artist. In recent years, Lee is increasingly sought after in auctions for his unique style and for integrating oriental aesthetics with Western techniques. His work, "Bali Life" realized $3,243,590 (including buyer's premium) at auction in 2010, setting an auction record for a Southeast Asian painting.
Qianlong and Daoguang court kilns achieved an unrivaled mastery of technique, producing some of the most collectible porcelain works in history. The flambé vase demonstrates quality craftsmanship and is covered in a thick red and bright purple glaze, flanked on each side with intricately molded ruyi handles. The famillé rose vase uses the peach and bat emblems to convey a wish of longevity and fortune.
The combination of China's rising prosperity and Freeman's strong presence in the Asian Art field result in record auc tion prices. Highlights from Freeman's recent sales include a Ming Dynasty gilt bronze and cloisonné covered jar sold in March 2012 for $1.54 million, an Imperial jade seal realized $3.5 million in Septe mber 2011, and a blue and white Ming-style vase in the March 2011 sale sold for $1.38 million.
Freeman's expects the September sale to be no different. Richard Cervantes, Associate Specialist of Freeman's Asian Art Department said, "This is an exceptional collection; filled with highly desirable and collectible pieces. We are thrilled to have these works at Freeman's and anticipate a large and diverse group of international buyers at this upcoming sale."