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Turner Auctions + Appraisals to offer The Patsy Lee Donegan Collection of Asian Antiques
Burmese artist Sun Myint, 1970. Abstract painting, with gold leaf accents. Artwork: 27 x 34 inches. Frame: 27 3/4 x 34 3/4 inches. Estimate: $500-700.


SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present The Patsy Lee Donegan Collection of Asian Antiques on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at 10:30 am PST. Ms. Donegan has recently decided to retire after collecting Asian antiques for over 60 years and running her eponymous antique business for over 30 years. Offering 120 lots, the online auction features a range of eclectic items, including paintings, framed textiles, Japanese woodblock prints, rugs, small furniture, and an assortment of decorative items.

Turner Auctions + Appraisals begins its online auction on November 19, 2017, at 10:30 am PST; items can be previewed and bid on now. The sale is featured on four platforms: LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable, eBay, and Turner Auctions + Appraisals’ free mobile app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Apps ("Turner Auctions"). All are easily accessed through ‘Upcoming Auctions’ at the company’s website.

Patsy Lee Donegan was born and raised in San Francisco, a city that has been home since the mid-1800s to a large, growing and thriving Asian population. For as long as she can remember, Ms. Donegan has been fascinated by Asian arts – captivated by the ancient and foreign civilizations, and their artistic expressions that are both beautiful and functional. The summer after her freshmen year at University of California, Berkeley, she joined a six-week study tour to Hawaii, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines aboard the ocean liner SS President Wilson further piqued her interest in Asian cultures. Continuing her education, Ms. Donegan studied Asian art at the UC, Berkeley, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in fine arts.

After university, she worked for an advertising art firm, then joined the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, where she spent the next 28 years. For 15 of those years, Ms. Donegan worked in multiple Asian countries, including Korea, Hong Kong, Burma, China, Japan and Taiwan.

Not surprisingly, it was during these international assignments and living in Asia that her collection grew exponentially. Travels throughout Asia, including visits to Nepal, Tibet, India, Bhutan and Indonesia, provided new acquisitions. Ms. Donegan collected things of special interest related to Asian culture and art. Folk art was a particular passion – traditional items or ones used in daily life. Often she collected from young artists who were undiscovered. Frequently then, artists and artisans in some countries would request payment, not in cash, but in other goods that were more valuable to them – art supplies such as paints or rice paper, or English-language magazines.

After leaving the Foreign Service and returning to San Francisco, Ms. Donegan opened an Asian antiques business, Patsy Lee Donegan Antiques, which she has run for 30+ years. She has been a presence in San Francisco’s Asian arts community since then, participating in frequent exhibits including at the Pacific Heritage Museum and Chinese Cultural Center; and antique shows such as Arts of Pacific Asia, San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts, and the Hillsborough Antique Show. She also served for five years on the Board of Directors of the Society for Asian Art of the Asian Art Museum.

Now, after over six decades of collecting, studying and working in two careers related to Asia and the Asian arts, Ms. Donegan is ready to retire. “My fascination for Asia – living, traveling and collecting – has been a passion I’ve enjoyed for many years,” she says. “But now it’s time to move on.”

While lots from her personal collection and antique shop are offered in the November 19 sale, other pieces such as Chinese wedding beds, chests and other large furniture items are deemed too large to be offered online because of potential shipping costs. For larger furniture items that are available, please contact Steve Turner at Turner Auctions + Appraisals toll-free at 888-498-4450.

Here are some highlights of the upcoming sale:

Lot 11: YOSHITOSHI MORI (1898-1992). Japanese woodblock of a battle scene (Winds of War). Artwork: 19 1/2 x 26 1/2 inches. Frame: 27 1/4 x 34 1/4 inches. Estimate: $400-600.

Lot 60: CHINESE PAINTED FAN, ARTIST: ZHONG (?) or ZHANG (?) NAN YUEN. Fan (both back and front of the same fan) approximately 21 inches long. Top fan height: Approximately 7 inches. Bottom fan height: Approximately 11 1/2 inches. Frame: 24 1/2 x 23 inches. Estimate: $700-900.

Lot 47: ARIE SMIT (1916-2016). Painting of a temple in Bali by Arie Smit, a Dutchman who lived in Bali. Purchased at Pandy Gallery, Sanur, Bali, 1963. Artwork: 7 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches. Frame: 12 3/4 x 16 3/4 inches. Estimate: $2,000-3,000.

Lot 86: CHINESE VENDOR'S CHEST. Late 19th-century. Size: 20" x 15" x 10 1/2" (approximate). Estimate: $500-700. .

Lot 65: ANTIQUE KOREAN PAINTING OF MOUNTAIN SPIRITS. Artwork: 13 x 18 3/4 inches. Frame: 20 x 26 3/4 inches. Estimate: $400-600.

Lot 96: A CHINESE SNUFF BOTTLE. A 19th-century porcelain snuff bottle with cricket design. Size: 3" high (approximate). Estimate: $400-600.

Lot 78: LEE WIN HAN, 1979, TAIWAN, PAINTING. Artwork: 23 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches. Frame: 24 x 16 inches. Estimate: $600-800.

Lot 1: KIYOSHI SAITO (1907-1997). Japanese woodblock of girl and black cat. Artwork: 6 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches. Frame: 12 x 14 1/2 inches. Estimate: $600-800.

Lot 106: BURMESE DANCERS. A pair of early 20th-century Burmese painted wood dancers. Size: 30 1/2" high each (approximate). Estimate: $700-900.

Lot 13: TOYOKUNI III UTAGAWA. Japanese woodblock of geisha (diptych). Artwork: each piece is 13 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches. Frame: 20 3/4 x 27 inches. Estimate: $300-500.

Lot 33: CHINESE EMBROIDERED TEXTILE. Framed child's collar. Artwork diameter: Approximately 13 1/2 inches. Frame: 18 x 18 inches. Estimate: $200-300.

Lot 43: BURMESE ARTIST SUN MYINT, 1970. Abstract painting, with gold leaf accents. Artwork: 27 x 34 inches. Frame: 27 3/4 x 34 3/4 inches. Estimate: $500-700.





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